Hong Kong

This is one of several pages linking to information about the immigration and emigration policies and outcomes of specific countries, and implications for discussions of open borders.

Hong Kong is a city-state technically under the rule of China but with considerable autonomy in government. Until 1997, Hong Kong was under the rue of the UK government, but had considerable autonomy. In 1997, per a 150-year-old agreement, it was handed over to China, but there were no major changes to its governance structure. The population of Hong Kong is about 7.2 million. For more, see the Wikipedia. See also the Wikipedia pages on immigration to Hong Kong and foreign domestic helpers in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong is interesting for the following reasons:

  • It is a small, prosperous city-state that has had relatively free migration from a much larger and poorer country (China) for a considerable period of time.
  • It has an extensive program allowing natives to hire foreign domestic help. This has features similar to guest worker programs.

Blog posts and material discussing Hong Kong in the context of migration and open borders:

See also all Open Borders blog posts tagged Hong Kong.

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