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Hong Kong’s new wave of migration: socio-political factors of individuals’ intention to emigrate

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posted on 2022-12-14, 22:50 authored by Anita Kit Wa Chan, Lewis TO Cheung, Eric King-man Chong, Man Yee Karen LeeMan Yee Karen Lee, Mathew YH Wong

With a recent surge in the outward movement of the population, a new wave of emigration has been suggested to have started in Hong Kong. It is speculated that recent socio-political changes in Hong Kong may have contributed to this phenomenon. Therefore, five socio-political variables—mobility, sense of place, trust and confidence in the law and the legal system, global citizenship, and perception of inequality—are employed in this study as proposed determinants to investigate the intention of Hong Kong residents to migrate to mainland China and to other international destinations. A random telephone questionnaire survey representative of the local population was conducted, with a total of 801 valid samples collected. Stepwise multiple regression analysis was carried out. The results showed that all five proposed socio-political variables successfully predicted people’s migration intention to mainland China and to foreign countries, with important variations between the two choices. Our results carry strong implications for understanding people’s concerns behind their intention to emigrate. Further, our findings present a challenge for Hong Kong; society may gradually be failing to accommodate individuals with diverse perceptions and values, particularly in terms of trust and confidence in the law and the legal system, and individuals’ sense of global citizenship.

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Publication Date

2022-12-04

Journal

Comparative Migration Studies

Volume

10

Article Number

49

Pagination

21p.

Publisher

Springer Nature

ISSN

2214-594X

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