Immigration Survey Says Hong Kongers Prefer Taiwan

  • President Tsai Ing-wen stated that she would give Hong Kong people "the most practical support and assistance." 
  • Man, however, believe the barriers of language and money are too high.
  • More people seemed to prefer to emigrate to Mainland China than the United States.

In the past year, hundreds of Hong Kong demonstrators have fled to Taiwan. However, the current laws and regulations governing the admission of Hong Kong people in Taiwan are unclear. Most people have been unsure how to obtain the right of abode, and have difficulties in schooling and employment.

Tsai Ing-wen is a Taiwanese politician and former academic who is currently serving as the President of the Republic of China, commonly known as Taiwan, since May 20, 2016. The first woman to be elected to the office, Tsai is the seventh president of the Republic of China under the 1947 Constitution and the second president from the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP); part of Taiwan’s Pan-Green Coalition.

President Tsai Ing-wen stated that she would give Hong Kong people “the most practical support and assistance.” According to research results published on Wednesday in “Foreign Policy,” nearly half of respondents have considered leaving Hong Kong for immigration, and the most popular the welcome location is Taiwan.

The team conducted an online survey of 890 Hong Kong people through the International Survey Corporation (Dynata) before the National Security Act of Hong Kong was passed, from June 22 to 26. Of the 50% who consider immigration, 29% regard Taiwan as their first choice.

This is not just because of the close cultural distance between Taiwan and Hong Kong, but that Taiwan clearly expressed its support for Hong Kong people, and actually set up a “Taiwan-Hong Kong Service Exchange Office.”

However, the Tsai government must be more prepared, the report said. “According to the figures we surveyed, this will not only be a few hundred Hong Kong people, but it may also be thousands or tens of thousands.”

In addition to the number of people, the Tsai government should make it clear how this office handles the Hong Kong protesters most likely to evacuate today, and clarify their priority assistance after coming to Taiwan.

Residence Threshold is Too High

The youth in the border towns of Hong Kong are organized in Taiwan and Hong Kong. The founder, Jiang Min, told reporters that the Hong Kong protesters who came to Taiwan needed emergency aid most, including the cost of living and the place of resettlement.

The Hong Kong national security law is a decision adopted by the third session of the thirteenth National People’s Congress, to authorize the National People’s Congress Standing Committee (NPCSC) to promulgate a national security law in Hong Kong. The pan-democratic camp, human rights organisations and politicians abroad have criticised the decision as a threat to the “one country, two systems” principle, the rule of law and civil liberties.

He observed that the employment of Hong Kong people in Taiwan is difficult. The first difficulty is the language barrier. The second is that the employment of Hong Kong people in Taiwan must meet the requirement of a monthly salary of about NT$ 48,000 ($1,587) before applying for a residence. He believes the threshold is too high.

The key is still to have a clear status of residence. The survey shows that after Taiwan, the most popular places for Hong Kong people to emigrate are Canada, Australia, Mainland China, the United Kingdom, Japan, Singapore, the United States, and South Korea.

Among them, 12% said that their first choice is to emigrate to mainland China. These people are mainly Hong Kong people who agree with the pro-China formed political parties and older. But at the same time, 68% of people ranked mainland China last. This probably reflects that most Hong Kong people are unwilling to live in a communist regime.

In addition, only 10% of prospective immigrants list the UK as the number one choice, less than those who think of Canada and Australia. Among them, Canada has always been a popular immigration destination for Hong Kong’s rich and elite. Although some people want to move to the United States, few people regard it as their first choice.

The report pointed out that although the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson recently promised to allow about 3 million Hong Kong people to enter the UK and have the opportunity to obtain British citizenship, this program is limited to applications for people with a British Overseas National Passport (BNO), and these most people are older.

For young Hong Kong people born after 1997, there is not much help without BNO. It is also worth noting that about 10% said that if they decide to leave Hong Kong, the United States and Australia are the least suitable for them.

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Benedict Kasigara

I have been working as a freelance editor/writer since 2006. My specialist subject is film and television having worked for over 10 years from 2005 during which time I was the editor of the BFI Film and Television.

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