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Hong Kong Immigration to Taiwan Surges as Protests Grind On

  • Hong Kongers make up almost 10% of all new residents in Taiwan
  • Unrest, high cost of living cited as main reasons for moving
Demonstrators in the Causeway Bay district of Hong Kong.
Demonstrators in the Causeway Bay district of Hong Kong.Photographer: Kyle Lam/Bloomberg

As Hong Kong’s unrest continues, some in the city are looking to the less expensive rents, leafy green streets and relative political shelter of neighboring Taiwan as a safe haven.

The number of people moving to Taiwan from Hong Kong has risen rapidly -- up 28% over first seven months of 2019 compared to a year earlier -- fueled in recent months by anti-government protests that have swept the former British colony amid fear its autonomy from Beijing is being eroded.