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Thai residency visa draws Hong Kongers after China security law

Kingdom poised to compete with UK and Australia to attract territory's emigrants

More Hong Kong citizens are applying for Thailand's long-term residency program. (Source photo by Akira Kodaka and Reuters) 

BANGKOK -- Thailand has welcomed a wave of Hong Kongers as members of its long-term residency program in the wake of China's freshly imposed national security law covering the territory.

"We have seen a surge in applicants from Hong Kong for the April-to-June quarter," Somchai Soongswang, president of Thailand Privilege Card, told the Nikkei Asian Review in an interview. The state-owned company under the Tourism Authority of Thailand issues these "elite visas."

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