Colonial Hangover and ‘Invited’ Migration: Hong Kongers to the UK

A. K. M. Ahsan Ullah , Muhammad Azizuddin

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Protests in Hong Kong over plans to allow extradition from Hong Kong to mainland China is going on since mid-2019. These reforms are seen as a threat to Hong Kongers’ freedom. The protesters expanded their demands for democratic reform and opposition to Beijing’s introduction to a new national security law. Following the continued protests, the UK government invited over five million Hong Kong residents to relocate to the country. The purpose of this article is to delve into why the UK welcomes Hong Kong residents to apply for citizenship. During the economic impact of COVID-19 and Brexit on the UK, this invitation raises questions about its intention. Since the Brexit referendum, immigration has plummeted, perhaps resulting in a labour shortage. This study has significant policy implications for Hong Kong, China and the UK.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)180-191
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Studies
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 20 May 2022


  • Hong Kong
  • China
  • migration by invitation
  • Brexit
  • COVID-19
  • protest


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