Hong Kong: What's Changed, What Hasn't

British Council

What's Changed


Jittery about political crackdowns and economic slowdown, thousands of Hong Kong residents left town in the years before the handover. According to one estimate, one-twelfth of the population —540,000 people — took flight between 1984 and 1997. That river is showing signs of reversing course: according to one Canadian newspaper, by 2005 a third of the 200,000 people who left Hong Kong for Canada before 1997 had been lured back by the booming economy.

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