While the rest of the globe has found the world before, with a few details, some countries are still living under glass.

And it's starting to annoy their inhabitants.

In Hong Kong, which maintains among the strictest health measures in the world against Covid-19, some 113,200 residents have packed up in one year.

A 12-month record since the first census in 1961. At the height of the epidemic this year, departures of residents by air often exceeded 2,000 people per day, while arrivals dwindled to a trickle.

This is partly because of the restrictions put in place at the borders to fight the pandemic, which have "interrupted the influx of people", said a spokesman for the government of the financial center.

Formerly an Asian transport and logistics hub, Hong Kong has been cut off from the world for more than two years due to its draconian health policy, in line with China's "zero-Covid" strategy.

Low birth rate and reduced continental immigration

According to estimates assessing the population situation at mid-year, Hong Kong's population stands at 7,291,600, down 1.6 percent from the same period a year earlier.

The territory's population began to decline in 2020 and the decline shows no signs of stopping, according to government figures.

The population decline is also part of a broader trend of exodus of Hong Kongers, many of whom are choosing to move abroad in response to Beijing's crackdown on dissent following pro-democracy protests. of 2019. The government has consistently downplayed these departures, saying many will one day return or may be replaced by residents from mainland China.

Immigration from mainland China was once a major demographic driver in Hong Kong, but recent numbers have remained low due to border closures.

The authorities also partly explain the decrease in the population by the low

of the city which combines an aging population with one of the lowest fertility rates in Asia.

Last year, Hong Kong recorded 26,500 more deaths than births, and 11,900 more the previous year.


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