Suppressing dissenting voices and strict COVID-19 control policies have led to a record number of Hong Kongers moving to Taiwan.
Taiwan’s immigration authorities count that in 2021, about 11,173 Hong Kongers received their permits to live on the autonomous island — a 3.3 percent increase from 2020, the highest level since 1991.
Hong Kong is seeing a massive influx of migrants and foreigners starting in 2019, when a strongly suppressed democracy movement caused major unrest. The district’s population in the 12 months (as of June 2021) fell to a record level: about 7.39 million.
The European Business Association in Hong Kong (Eurocham) recommends that the zero-tolerance epidemic control policy implemented by the special administrative region could last until 2024, further pushing for more international workers to leave.
In addition to its quarantine policy, China’s adoption of national security laws, which affects trade unions, charities, filmmakers and professional associations, is also the reason for people’s departures.
Taiwan is planning to make it easier for people from Hong Kong and Macau to live and work on the autonomous island. Residence permits can be extended for up to 1 year while they seek employment.
Taiwan’s population fell for the second year in a row to 23.4 million , the lowest level since 2013.