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Hong Kong Expats on Edge After the Toughest Year in Decades

  • Americans are especially uncertain, AmCham survey shows
  • Travel restrictions, virus outbreak make moves challenging
Demonstrators hold American flags during a protest at Chater Garden in the Central district of Hong Kong on Dec. 1, 2019. 
Photographer: Chan Long Hei/Bloomberg

One of the toughest years in decades for Hong Kong is leading many expats to wrestle anew with the question: Do I stay or do I go?

The choice for Hong Kong’s foreign resident community, especially the 90,000 or so people who come from major economies outside Asia, is stark. If they stay, they face renewed disruptions arising from political turmoil amid efforts by China to impose a national security law. To leave is to risk relocation at a time when the global economy is crippled by the coronavirus.