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Demographics of Hong Kong

New panel open to radical ideas to solve Hong Kong's population worries

Hongkongers are living longer, with women reaching an average of 86.7 years, putting pressure on the government to ensure quality of life for the elderly. Photo: AFP

It was deemed good news when the government said in July women in Hong Kong lived longer than anywhere else in the world, with an average age of 86.7, surpassing their Japanese counterparts for the first time. The figure for men is 80.5 years.

Monday, 10 December, 2012, 4:59am

Quarter of South Asians are underpaid

One in four South Asian workers in Hong Kong is paid below the minimum wage, according to a survey by a local trade union.

After interviewing 238 South Asian workers, the Holy Cross Centre's Hong Kong Catholic Commission for Labour Affairs discovered a quarter of the respondents received less than HK$28 an hour, the rate as stipulated by law.

9 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

CE's hotel must reflect HK worth

I am writing in response to Sunny Hor Tsz-ching's letter 'HK's dignity abroad must be preserved' (SCMP, April 27) about the chief executive's accommodation while on official trips overseas. Donald Tsang Yam-kuen has been criticised for staying in a presidential suite when he was in Brazil.

20 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Identify yourself

Fifteen years on from the handover, Hong Kong?s unique history and its ongoing integration with the mainland continue to shape how Hongkongers see themselves and their country. The University of Hong Kong Public Opinion Programme has been asking people the same question in regular surveys since 1997: 'How would you identify yourself?'

Hong Kong citizen

18 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Tax bills shrink for HK workers on mainland

Hongkongers who spend most of their time working on the mainland will see their tax bills reduced thanks to new rules taking effect next month that are aimed at eliminating double taxation.

25 May 2012 - 12:00am

Non-residents can be charged more

The Court of Final Appeal ruled yesterday that the government is justified in charging mainland women married to Hongkongers more to give birth in public hospitals than it charges local women.

3 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Civic education should be a must

I disagree with Curtis Ng, who wrote the letter 'Don't make civic education a must' (Young Post, February 7).

Curtis argues that 'patriotism should come naturally from our pride in our country's liberal and democratic values'.

14 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Wives of HK men may get priority

The city may yet grant the mainland wives of Hong Kong men priority over those with non-local husbands in giving birth at public hospitals, the security secretary says.

6 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Families feel squeeze as inflation eats into income

Hong Kong's high-income and middle-class groups have expanded over the past decade, but families are earning less because inflation offset gains in income, census data shows.

A legislator representing the social welfare sector said the data showed the urgent need for new policies to help the poorest families and bridge the rich-poor divide.

22 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Brain drain warning after more leave HK than settle

For the second time in three years, more people left Hong Kong last year than settled in the city, prompting warnings of a new brain drain.

The mid-year provisional figures from the Census and Statistics Department showing net emigration of 12,400 people last year should be a 'wake-up call', one population expert said.

20 Feb 2012 - 12:00am


Hostility will damage our society

As a local citizen I have noted the disputes that have arisen of late between Hongkongers and mainlanders and that have become more frequent.

Hatred has gradually built up and chasms have widened, but we are both 'descendants of the dragon'.

5 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Tsang vows to curb mainland birth tourism

Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen vowed yesterday to review public hospital emergency ward charges and clamp down on illegal inns to curb the influx of pregnant mainlanders to the city to give birth.

20 Jan 2012 - 12:00am


Tutorial centres' false promises

In about three months, the Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority will launch the maiden English exam of the new syllabus.

8 Jan 2012 - 12:00am


Phone-time allocation fair for inmates

I refer to the report, 'Increase phone allowance in jail, say campaigners' (December 5).

The Correctional Services Officers' Association welcomes discussion on the well-being of prisoners.

15 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Mainlanders lead expat hires by local companies

Hong Kong endures as an East-meets-West melting pot, but the mix is increasingly more Asian - specifically, mainland Chinese - according to a recent ManpowerGroup survey.

Addressing the issue of labour migration in an increasingly borderless world, the survey quizzed some 25,000 employers in 39 markets.

10 Dec 2011 - 12:00am