These days, many Hongkongers speak of migration; perhaps they are planning a move, or know people who have already left. In 2023, Chief Executive Lee Ka-chiu said that the city had lost 200,000 from its workforce in recent years, a shortage he said he hoped to address by attracting foreign talent and importing labour.
When Hongkongers do choose to leave their hometown, many opt for the United Kingdom or Canada. Taiwan, too, is a top choice.
Compared with Western countries, Taiwan and Hong Kong share traditional Chinese characters, culture and food. These elements can make Hongkongers feel more comfortable and secure when it comes to settling in to a new place.
Tamsui, a remote community to the north-west of Taipei, has attracted lots of Hong Kong families, its streets evoking a peculiar sensation among outsiders. The city’s appearance is both familiar and unfamiliar at the same time. In some ways, it is reminiscent of certain landscapes in Hong Kong.
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