Translated by billwilliam; Reviewed by Wencheng
As reported by the Epoch Times on October 6, a poll conducted by the Chinese University of HK shows that 43.9% of Hongkongers surveyed want to emigrate, and 1/3 of those willing to move out have been preparing for emigration recently, the reasons being dissatisfaction with the government and deteriorating human rights conditions.
After the CCP pushed forward the Extradition Bill last year and unilaterally imposed the National Security Law on June 30 this year, more and more Hongkongers are moving out of the city.
The Chinese University’s Asian Pacific Studies Institute surveyed 737 people over whether Hongkong is a city suitable for living. 43.9% of the respondents said they will emigrate if opportunity is available. Among those willing to emigrate, 35% said they have recently prepared for emigration, which is significant increase compared to the survey results in last September. 46.8% said they have no plans for emigration. And the rest said they didn’t know.
The survey found the favorite destinations for emigration are the UK (23.8%), Australia (11.6%), and Taiwan (10.7%), respectively. There are four most cited reasons for leaving Hongkong: dissatisfaction with officials or the government (27.3%), political instability (23.6%), the loss of humans rights/ freedom in HK (19.8%), and lack of democracy in HK’s politics (17.6%).
Moreover, the average score of Hongkong’s suitability for living is 49.6, which is a huge drop from last year’s score of 54.4. This is also the lowest score since 2017.
In addition, according to a VOA reporting on October 17, the Chinese University poll also found that Hongkongers often cited “freedom (including the freedom of speech) or good human rights condition” as the reasons of their desire to emigrate. Other reasons of emigration include: extra living spaces, democratic governments in the destinies, and good immigration policies.
Compared to the surveys from 2017 to 2019, this poll illustrates that Hongkongers most frequently cited political factors as the reason of their potential emigration and choice of destiny.