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Wed Jul 1, 2020, 09:34 AM Jul 2020

Hong Kong: UK makes citizenship offer to residents [View all]

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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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
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