fredag 18. juni 2021

Consultants Report Surge in Middle-Class Professionals Leaving Hong Kong For Good

Hong Kong's middle class is leaving, amid a city-wide clampdown on political dissent and a patriotic education program being introduced in schools at the behest of the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP), according to immigration and property consultants. Professionals in those industries are reporting that interest in emigration is at its highest level since the former British colony returned to Chinese rule in 1997.

The first wave of high-profile exiles were mostly activists involved in the 2019 protest movement against the erosion of Hong Kong's promised freedoms. Opposition politicians and outspoken activists started to join them after the CCP imposed a draconian national security law on the city from July 1, 2020, banning public criticism of the governments of Hong Kong and China, as well as any form of overseas fund-raising by politicians and activists. Now, professional families are joining them, many of them spurred by the "national security education" program imposed by the government on schools, and curbs on liberal studies and freedom of expression in the classroom.