Is Hong Kong poised for another mass exodus, following implementation of the national security law? People appear primarily concerned about local political gridlock and lack of economic opportunities than a lack of democracy. Photo: Shutterstock Is Hong Kong poised for another mass exodus, following implementation of the national security law? People appear primarily concerned about local political gridlock and lack of economic opportunities than a lack of democracy. Photo: Shutterstock
Is Hong Kong poised for another mass exodus, following implementation of the national security law? People appear primarily concerned about local political gridlock and lack of economic opportunities than a lack of democracy. Photo: Shutterstock
David Dodwell
Opinion

Opinion

Inside Out by David Dodwell

Why disruption, not the national security law, is the main force pushing Hongkongers to leave

  • Most international media will blame the surge in emigration inquiries on the national security law, but while that is natural it is also myopic
  • People will leave not because of communism or a lack of unfettered democracy, but over never-ending disruption to lives, careers and their children’s future

Is Hong Kong poised for another mass exodus, following implementation of the national security law? People appear primarily concerned about local political gridlock and lack of economic opportunities than a lack of democracy. Photo: Shutterstock Is Hong Kong poised for another mass exodus, following implementation of the national security law? People appear primarily concerned about local political gridlock and lack of economic opportunities than a lack of democracy. Photo: Shutterstock
Is Hong Kong poised for another mass exodus, following implementation of the national security law? People appear primarily concerned about local political gridlock and lack of economic opportunities than a lack of democracy. Photo: Shutterstock
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David Dodwell

David Dodwell

David Dodwell is the executive director of the Hong Kong-APEC Trade Policy Study Group, a trade policy think tank.