Reverse migration has helped shape Hong Kong, where there are now an estimated 300,000 Canadians. But thousands are now crossing the Pacific again and heading back to Canada, as double-reverse migrants, or re-returnees. Graphic: SCMP

Thousands of Hong Kong-born people move back to Canada, once again reversing a migration that has shaped cities across the Pacific

  • Canada’s Hong Kong-born population has increased for the first time since 1996, upending a flow that resulted in 300,000 Canadians living in the autonomous city
  • Academics say political upheaval, personal factors and the ageing of Canadians in Hong Kong are behind the new phenomenon of double-reverse migration
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Reverse migration has helped shape Hong Kong, where there are now an estimated 300,000 Canadians. But thousands are now crossing the Pacific again and heading back to Canada, as double-reverse migrants, or re-returnees. Graphic: SCMP
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Ian Young

Ian Young

Ian Young is the Post's Vancouver correspondent. A journalist for more than 20 years, he worked for Australian newspapers and the London Evening Standard before arriving in Hong Kong in 1997. There he won or shared awards for excellence in investigative reporting and human rights reporting, and the HK News Awards Scoop of the Year. He moved to Canada with his wife in 2010.