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Hong Kong protests

Hong Kongers seek refuge in Taiwan from political chaos

Democracy and cheaper housing a draw, as poll shows 42% want to leave

Lower housing costs, geographical proximity and a relative lack of political restrictions have made Taiwan popular for emigrants from Hong Kong.   © Reuters

HONG KONG/TAIPEI -- People and capital are flowing out of Hong Kong as protests escalate in the Chinese territory, with Taiwan proving an increasingly popular destination for those seeking a more open and less costly place to live.

Taiwanese residence permits were issued to 1,030 Hong Kongers between June and August, up 47% on the year, compared with a 20% rise in January through May, official data shows.

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