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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.

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