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The Tsim Sha Tsui area in in southern Kowloon, Hong Kong
The Tsim Sha Tsui area in in southern Kowloon, Hong Kong
Dai Tian

HONG KONG — While migrating to Hong Kong has become trendy for certain Chinese middle-class families, a wavelet of Hong Kong’s own middle class seems to be moving off the wealthy island.

According to data from Hong Kong’s Security Bureau, some 3,900 people emigrated in the first half of this year. Though this is still far fewer than the tens of thousands of people who left every year before the island’s handover to China in 1997, it is nonetheless a sign of a new trend.

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