Hong Kong: Record emigration linked to health measures against Covid  19

Hong Kong: Record emigration linked to health measures against Covid 19

While the rest of the world has found the world with some details before, some countries still live under glass. And it’s starting to annoy their residents. In Hong Kong, which has one of the strictest health measures in the world against Covid-19, around 113,200 residents packed their bags in one year. A 12-month record since the first census in 1961. At the height of the epidemic that year, departures of residents by air often exceeded 2,000 people a day while arrivals fell to a trickle.

One of the reasons for this is the restrictions at the borders to combat the pandemic, which “interrupted the flow of people,” said a spokesman for the government of the financial center. Hong Kong, once an Asian transportation and logistics hub, has been cut off from the world for more than two years due to its draconian health policies in line with China’s “zero Covid” strategy.

Low birth rate and reduced continental immigration

According to mid-year population estimates, Hong Kong’s population is 7,291,600, down 1.6 percent from the same period last year. The territory’s population began declining in 2020, and the decline shows no signs of stopping, according to the government.

The population decline is also part of a broader trend of the exodus of Hong Kongers, many of whom are choosing to relocate abroad in response to Beijing’s crackdown on dissent following 2019 pro-democracy protests, and will one day return or be replaced by residents from mainland China. Immigration from mainland China was once a major demographic in Hong Kong, but recent numbers have remained low due to border closures.

The authorities partly explain the decline in population with the low

the city that combines an aging population with one of the lowest fertility rates in Asia. Last year Hong Kong recorded 26,500 more deaths than births and 11,900 more the year before.