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Canada Widens Welcome Mat for Hong Kongers Amid China Crackdown

  • Minister unveils 3-year open work permit, expedited residency
  • Immigration plan could further inflame tensions with Beijing
Police detain people during a protest on National Day in Hong Kong on Oct. 1.
Police detain people during a protest on National Day in Hong Kong on Oct. 1.Photographer: Chan Long Hei/Bloomberg
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Justin Trudeau’s government is easing immigration requirements for Hong Kong residents to settle in Canada in response to China’s crackdown in the former British colony.

Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino laid out the government’s plan Thursday, which would target young, educated Hong Kongers. It includes the creation of a new three-year open work permit for recent graduates and shortening eligibility for permanent residency to one year.