They have already made the big jump to the United Kingdom: hong Kong living in London see the british decision to facilitate access to citizenship for their compatriots as “a message of hope” but regret that the young ones are excluded.
The Face of the new national security law imposed by Beijing to the former british colony handed back in 1997, the United Kingdom has announced to expand access to its soil for nearly three million citizens of Hong Kong are eligible for “passport overseas british (BNO). They will be able to work in the Uk for five years, compared with six months currently, and eventually apply for citizenship.
“It is useful, this sends a strong message of hope to hong Kong,” said to the AFP Luke, a financial analyst of 35 years who lives in London for 15 years but whose family, for which it is very “restless”, has remained in Hong Kong.
Abby Yau, 40, also approves of this measure. Now naturalised british, after 19 years of life, she believes that “the british government is morally responsible to the people of hong kong, because we have been handed over to China without having our say.”
“This proposal will certainly help to some people who fear for their lives. At least they have a safe place to go”, the judge does it. She wondered in spite of “in what extent” this “will benefit the majority of the people oppressed by the government”.
“Wave” to the United Kingdom
This development, which comes after months of protests, pro-democracy, and has provoked the wrath of Beijing, in respect of persons eligible for a BNO or hong Kong people born before the handover. It also applies to and their minor children, excluding from the facts the young people who are already major born after 1997.
“Most of those who would need to leave Hong-Kong are young protesters,” reports Luke, warning that they “will not benefit” of the new measures as they are “the most vulnerable”.
Friends and brothers and sisters of Peter, 22 years old, came to study in the United Kingdom five years ago, are in this case. The government should “take into account this generation”, these young adults born between 1997 and 2002″, he says. Otherwise according to him, the measure “has no meaning for families”: parents do not move no doubt not without their children just major.
The student is expected, despite everything, “a wave of people fleeing to the United Kingdom, regardless of their social status”, as soon as the directive will be implemented.
“Social networks like Facebook have been flooded with requests for information on immigration and work in the United Kingdom,” says the young hong Kong, whose family will be coming in the next few months. This “reflects the anxiety and the despair of his compatriots, he believes.
“Start from scratch”
Abby Yau says he has been approached by friends asking him about the life in the Uk and sees a potential arrival of hong Kong “labor is incredibly valuable to the Uk after Brexit”.
For her, however, “only a small wave of people”, essentially the “educated and the middle class’ will come through to the final, especially due to the much different lifestyle and the financial factor. “Not everyone can’t afford it !”
Immigration would be “a great challenge and a great sacrifice for the so-called Hong Kong the “sandwich”, those who have worked hard all their lives to acquire their social status”, is in fact Peter. “To immigrate here would mean starting a new life as second-class citizens”.
“Some will be reluctant, as always, when it is necessary to start from scratch,” admits Luke, whose two relatives who were considering since a while to move to the United Kingdom, have finished to be convinced by the ads in the uk.
“But is it that you can still consider yourself a home in a place stripped of all its core values, its freedom and its soul ?”, laments the financial analyst. “For me, Hong Kong has ceased to be in me.”