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Hong Kong security law

Hong Kong's population outflow accelerates amid crackdown

City marks first midyear drop since SARS following national security law

A man waves to his family members before departing to United Kingdom at the Hong Kong International Airport in Hong Kong in June. Hong Kong's population dropped 1.2% from a year ago.    © Reuters

HONG KONG -- Hong Kong has hemorrhaged residents at a faster pace since a national security law was imposed by Beijing last June, according to official data released Thursday.

The city's population was 7,394,700 at the end of June, down 87,100, or 1.2%, from a year ago, according to a provisional estimate released by the Census and Statistics Department.

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