“Freedom swimmers” flee the Cultural Revolution in China for Hong Kong in the 1960s.
Jason Wordie
Opinion

Opinion

Then & Now by Jason Wordie

From ‘freedom swimmers’ fleeing China to fears of Hong Kong being swamped with migrants, a history of city’s border controls

For decades people flowed freely between China and Hong Kong, but the Chinese civil war changed that; today China selects migrants to the city, a policy some suspect is designed to overwhelm the locals and their culture

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“Freedom swimmers” flee the Cultural Revolution in China for Hong Kong in the 1960s.
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