ArrowArtboardCreated with Sketch.Title ChevronTitle ChevronIcon FacebookIcon LinkedinIcon Mail ContactPath LayerIcon MailPositive ArrowIcon PrintIcon Twitter

Fears of Hong Kong 'exit ban' add to emigration wave

Law kicking in Sunday another factor driving exodus to countries with open arms

Passengers take a selfie before departing to the U.K. at Hong Kong International Airport in late June.   © Reuters

HONG KONG -- Kate, a marketing executive in her late 20s, hastily bought a one-way ticket to London earlier this year when the Hong Kong government introduced a controversial immigration law giving authorities vast powers to bar people from entering or leaving the city, starting Aug. 1.

Having "actively" participated in the pro-democracy protests of 2019 -- and stopped and searched by police near the Polytechnic University during its siege -- Kate said she was worried she would be banned from boarding planes once the law takes effect, even though she has never been arrested.

Sponsored Content

About Sponsored Content This content was commissioned by Nikkei's Global Business Bureau.

Discover the all new Nikkei Asia app

  • Take your reading anywhere with offline reading functions
  • Never miss a story with breaking news alerts
  • Customize your reading experience

Nikkei Asian Review, now known as Nikkei Asia, will be the voice of the Asian Century.

Celebrate our next chapter
Free access for everyone - Sep. 30

Find out more