Let’s Move Hong Kong

Britain is prepared to offer extended visa rights and a pathway to citizenship for almost 3 million Hong Kong residents in response to China’s push to impose national security legislation in the former British colony.

The same initiative exists in the US.

This obsession to respond to every crisis by dragging millions of people across the globe as if they were furniture is truly insane.

9 thoughts on “Let’s Move Hong Kong”

  1. I do not think anybody is going to force any of those Honk Kong people into the US or UK. This is what they want. Or more precisely, what they likely want is to have the protection of UK or US citizenship, without breaking their ties to Honk Kong and perhaps without moving permanently.
    By the way, some months ago I came across a report saying that there are 400,000 Canadian citizens in Honk Kong… These are mostly people who escaped Honk Kong in ~2000 and then discovered that it is not that bad under the Chinese rule and are now living between two countries.

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    1. ” the protection of UK or US citizenship”

      This implies that the Chinese Communist Party would respect that citizenship… which is based on…. what?

      Typically a second citizenship are only useful in a third country – how many countries will prioritize a second citizenship for citizens within their borders?

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    2. What you are describing is worse. It’s a complete destruction of the concept of citizenship. Why should there be protections conferred by citizenship for people who never undertook the duties that accompany it?

      According to this logic, let’s hand out US citizenship to everybody in the world and force the few idiots currently in the US to pay taxes to “protect” the rest of the planet.

      And that’s before we even consider that this would create a military conflict with China and mimic Putin’s strategy of handing out Russian passports to foreign nationals and then use that to invade countries.

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  2. I think this is an appropriate thing for the UK to do. The UK controlled Hong Kong for over 150 years and the citizens of Hong Kong before the transfer of power held a type of British colonial citizenship, it wasn’t full UK citizenship, but it was a citizenship status granted by the UK. The UK had an agreement with China that Hong Kong would retain a high degree of autonomy until 2047. China is not respecting that agreement in regards to Hong Kong’s autonomy, and it is right of the UK to offer something to a group of people for whom it used to be responsible.

    It would be ridiculous of the US or any other country to do the same when we don’t have that historical connection to Hong Kong.

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    1. “an appropriate thing for the UK to do…”

      I think your points are largely valid. This is not an act of noblesse oblige by globalist political elites to allow the irregular entry of uneducated, impoverished economic migrants. It is instead grounded in the history of the British Empire and the complex status of “British subjects” as it evolved in the Empire following the Quebec Act of 1774. (As an illustrative aside, Canadians were British subjects until 1947 – there was no Canadian citizenship – and Canada’s first Prime Minister famously proclaimed in 1891 that “a British subject I was born, a British subject I will die.”)

      Hong Kong holders of British National (Overseas) passports, and this is who we are talking about here, were traditionally considered British subjects (under the doctrine of jus soli) and already hold a form of British passport.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_nationality_law_and_Hong_Kong

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  3. I’m not sure why the US would offer that in HK. But we did offer similar to the Viet Kieu after the Vietnam war, and took in a large number of refugees. On the whole, that seems to have been a net benefit to the US.

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