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Hong Kong protests

Hongkongers plot exit under shadow of security law

Beijing's clampdown fuels fears of brain drain to Taiwan and UK

Many worry that China's new security legislation will dampen the free atmosphere that had drawn talent to Hong Kong.   © Reuters

HONG KONG/TAIPEI -- A growing number of Hongkongers look to pack their bags and leave after China's passage of national security legislation for the territory, raising concern over whether it can remain a financial hub if it cannot attract top talent.

"Inquiries have tripled or quadrupled since the national security law was announced," said Benny Cheung of Hong Kong-based Goldmax Immigration Consulting, which provides support to would-be emigrants. Local media have reported that the legislation will be implemented as early as next month.

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