Why is Britain so keen to attract HK people as immigrants?
Last week British Home Secretary Priti Patel announced an expansion of the scheme to allow holders of British National Overseas (BNO) passports to emigrate to the UK. As of the end of March, it had approved about 110,000 of the 123,400 applications.
In late July, the Hong Kong government announced that, in the fiscal year 2021-2022, 3,734 civil servants had resigned, the highest in a single year since 1997 and more than double the figure of the previous year. In April, the Education Bureau announced that, during the same fiscal year, 5,270 teachers had resigned, up from 3,440 in the previous year.
Not all civil servants and teachers have emigrated to Britain, but many will. London launched the scheme in January 2021, opening the door to holders of BNO passports and their families – potentially 5.2 million people. ...