‘Exodus’ from Hong Kong? Those who fear national security law mull best offers from welcoming countries

Jul 13, 2020 by

  • Sharp rise in inquiries to migration consultants, with nurses among those most keen to leave
  • Hongkongers take wait-and-see attitude as Britain, Australia open doors to more migrants.
While some Hongkongers are eager to leave the city under the shadow of the new national security law, others are biding their time to see what foreign options emerge. Photo: Sam Tsang
While some Hongkongers are eager to leave the city under the shadow of the new national security law, others are biding their time to see what foreign options emerge. Photo: Sam Tsang
For several weeks, veteran emigration consultant Willis Fu Yiu-wai

found himself busier than usual, answering queries from Hongkongers anxious to leave the city.

They were worried about Beijing’s new national security law for Hong Kong, which came into force on June 30.

In recent days, however, Fu’s clients appeared in less of a rush to go. They had not changed their minds about leaving, but now wanted to wait and see which country would offer Hongkongers the best immigration deal.

“They said they didn’t want to proceed yet,” he said.

Many decided to hold on after Britain announced this month that it would offer a new path to citizenship to nearly 3 million Hongkongers eligible for British National (Overseas) Passports. These people, born before Britain returned Hong Kong to China in 1997, will have the right to remain in the country for five years, after which they can apply for permanent residence and, eventually, citizenship.
Since then,

Australia also announced plans to welcome Hongkongers. Now those considering emigration are anticipating that other countries will open their doors too.

“It has upended the whole market,” said Jason Yu Wai-lung, chief immigration consultant at Smart2Go, another firm helping people who want to emigrate

Source: ‘Exodus’ from Hong Kong? Those who fear national security law mull best offers from welcoming countries | South China Morning Post

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