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muriel_volestrangler

(101,020 posts)
Wed Jul 1, 2020, 09:34 AM Jul 2020

Hong Kong: UK makes citizenship offer to residents

Source: BBC

Up to three million Hong Kong residents are to be offered the chance to settle in the UK and ultimately apply for citizenship, Boris Johnson has said.

The PM said Hong Kong's freedoms were being violated by a new security law and those affected would be offered a "route" out of the former UK colony.

About 350,000 UK passport holders, and 2.6 million others eligible, will be able to come to the UK for five years.

And after a further year, they will be able to apply for citizenship.

Read more: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-53246899



With those "others eligible", that's more than I realised had been talked about before.
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Hong Kong: UK makes citizenship offer to residents (Original Post) muriel_volestrangler Jul 2020 OP
I think that's great BeyondGeography Jul 2020 #1
We should be doing the same!! Thekaspervote Jul 2020 #2
If I was younger, I'd leap at the opportunity to become a UK citizen. NurseJackie Jul 2020 #25
That might resonate through the old colonies and much of Asia. empedocles Jul 2020 #3
Wow...actually a decent gesture from PM Johnson Glorfindel Jul 2020 #4
Does PM Johnson Dan Jul 2020 #5
I wish the US would recruit HK residents Cicada Jul 2020 #6
When this pandemic is over the US will just need people. iemitsu Jul 2020 #8
We will improve soon, once the Republican Party dies as a national party. Cicada Jul 2020 #12
One can hope. iemitsu Jul 2020 #13
China agreed to "One Country, Two Systems" for 50 years. mwooldri Jul 2020 #7
Nothing the British can do at this point. Whose to hold the Chinese accountable? No one onetexan Jul 2020 #17
Some people are posting we should do the same. marie999 Jul 2020 #9
Yup. nt Karma13612 Jul 2020 #11
The west coast tech industries need educated young people. roamer65 Jul 2020 #15
Because in America you have a better standard Steelrolled Jul 2020 #18
I agree that they want to come here. marie999 Jul 2020 #22
You might be right, especially from HK Steelrolled Jul 2020 #23
If I was brilliant and into tech or medicine, I would probably want to come here. marie999 Jul 2020 #24
I wonder how long before China simply closes the border Karma13612 Jul 2020 #10
That would make the 1980 Mariel boat lift look like small picnic. roamer65 Jul 2020 #16
Within five years, China won't need a border with Hong Kong. roamer65 Jul 2020 #14
The Chinese now have a massive bridge from the mainland to HK onetexan Jul 2020 #19
Many Hong Kongers will move into the mainland. roamer65 Jul 2020 #20
Warning to Taiwan. roamer65 Jul 2020 #21
And they will bring their money and talent with them. Grins Jul 2020 #26
Yea, I was thinking the same thing Karma13612 Jul 2020 #27

Glorfindel

(9,697 posts)
4. Wow...actually a decent gesture from PM Johnson
Wed Jul 1, 2020, 09:46 AM
Jul 2020

I'm impressed in spite of my contempt for him personally. Give credit where it's due!

Cicada

(4,533 posts)
6. I wish the US would recruit HK residents
Wed Jul 1, 2020, 10:11 AM
Jul 2020

The US needs productive young workers and Hong Kong has a huge number of them. Trump is hurting our economic future by blocking immigrants.

iemitsu

(3,888 posts)
8. When this pandemic is over the US will just need people.
Wed Jul 1, 2020, 12:28 PM
Jul 2020

And no one will want to come here.
We are a shithole nation.

Cicada

(4,533 posts)
12. We will improve soon, once the Republican Party dies as a national party.
Wed Jul 1, 2020, 01:11 PM
Jul 2020

And the Republican Party is on the way out.

mwooldri

(10,276 posts)
7. China agreed to "One Country, Two Systems" for 50 years.
Wed Jul 1, 2020, 11:18 AM
Jul 2020

It's not 2046 yet. So the UK is right to do this. China broke its word.

roamer65

(36,736 posts)
15. The west coast tech industries need educated young people.
Thu Jul 2, 2020, 12:10 PM
Jul 2020

Either Dump will be gone or the west coast will be an autonomous region.

 

Steelrolled

(2,022 posts)
18. Because in America you have a better standard
Thu Jul 2, 2020, 12:19 PM
Jul 2020

of living than much of the world's population. I am often surprised at how many people don't realize that.

 

Steelrolled

(2,022 posts)
23. You might be right, especially from HK
Thu Jul 2, 2020, 01:36 PM
Jul 2020

but I think for a lot of people who would want to immigrate, COVID-19 would be low on their list of things to worry about. It's all relative.

 

marie999

(3,334 posts)
24. If I was brilliant and into tech or medicine, I would probably want to come here.
Thu Jul 2, 2020, 01:47 PM
Jul 2020

But not being brilliant but wanting a better life, America would probably not be on my shortlist right now. Maybe after 4 or 8 years of the Biden presidency, I would move here.

Karma13612

(4,520 posts)
10. I wonder how long before China simply closes the border
Wed Jul 1, 2020, 12:44 PM
Jul 2020

And/or simply bans travel.

This is shameful of China.
Nice that Johnson is doing this.

roamer65

(36,736 posts)
14. Within five years, China won't need a border with Hong Kong.
Thu Jul 2, 2020, 12:08 PM
Jul 2020

Most dissidents and people with any money will have left. The city will be a husk of its former self.

We should be stealing most of them.

onetexan

(12,929 posts)
19. The Chinese now have a massive bridge from the mainland to HK
Thu Jul 2, 2020, 12:21 PM
Jul 2020

It's been clear to me since the British handed over HK that the 2-system governing will be going away. Was just a matter of time, and given the recent years' political problems they've made clear that time is now.

roamer65

(36,736 posts)
20. Many Hong Kongers will move into the mainland.
Thu Jul 2, 2020, 12:23 PM
Jul 2020

A law professor on Bloomberg said they will have more rights on the mainland than they will as HK’ers.

I think Bloomberg will stop broadcasting from HK. Probably will move to Tokyo and Singapore.

Karma13612

(4,520 posts)
27. Yea, I was thinking the same thing
Thu Jul 2, 2020, 09:01 PM
Jul 2020

In another diary or news site,

This is going to be a major brain and wealth drain for Hong Kong and ultimately China.

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