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Expat Families Flee Hong Kong After Double Whammy of Virus, Protests

  • With schools closed, some decide it’s now time to leave town
  • Relocation companies report increase in inquiries this month
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WATCH: Disruptions to daily life have some expats reconsidering their futures in Hong Kong.

(Source: Bloomberg)

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After a decade and a half in Hong Kong, New Zealand native Ian Jacob is calling it quits. The owner of a construction-materials company, Jacob and his wife were worried last year about the political unrest, especially after the temporary suspension of schools. “We watched as the situation got worse and worse,” he said.

With classes suspended again amid the coronavirus outbreak, the prospect of more home schooling for their 10-year-old daughter pushed them to take refuge in Auckland, New Zealand. Jacob said they’ll be moving back there for good once the school year ends in Hong Kong.