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Hong Kong’s Population Shrinks By 89,000 in Just 12 Months

  • Financial center’s population slips 1.2% over past 12 months
  • Recession, pandemic and unrest among other possible factors
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Hong Kong’s population kept falling at a record pace over the past 12 months, as people left the city in the wake of the pandemic and the national security law that curtailed protest and dissent.

The city saw an outflow of 89,200 residents in the year that ended in June, leaving its population at about 7.39 million, according to government data released Thursday. That maintains the 1.2% rate of population decline set at the end of last year, the biggest drop in at least six decades for the city.