The number of students in Hong Kong primary and secondary schools fell by 28,000 last year. Based on some figures breaking that down by age group (in Ming Pao, I think), that looks like a 5% drop – so one in 20 kids. HKFP reports …
Asked during his weekly Tuesday press conference about how he viewed the drop in student enrolment, [CE John] Lee said the fall was a “structural problem” related to population flow.
“Hong Kong often sees people coming and going. Although there are forecasts that this trend will continue, I believe the worst has passed,” Lee said.
The worst of what – the coming or the going? Still, as the Standard editorial points out, this is the first time the CE has publicly acknowledged that emigration is an issue. Meanwhile, Canada announces measures to open the door to more Hongkongers.
He added that the city had a low birth rate compared to other cities, and that he was “considering ways to encourage citizens to give birth to enrich the population.”
What will these be? If natalist policies elsewhere in the world are any guide, we can be fairly sure that they won’t work. More likely, officials will rely on various immigration schemes like the Top Talent Pass to top up (sorry – enrich) the population with overseas (mostly Mainland) arrivals.
The US Dept of Justice issues an indictment on one Gal Luft for acting as an unregistered foreign agent lobbying for China and ‘allegedly engaging in multiple international criminal schemes’. One of these is arms trafficking. He also writes for the SCMP’s dismal op-ed page – which is arguably just as bad…
If you have any information about Luft’s whereabouts, please contact your local FBI office or the nearest American Embassy or Consulate. Tips can be reported anonymously and can also be reported online at tips.fbi.gov.
Perhaps of interest to some Hong Kong officials discussing the overseas wanted eight – a little reminder at the end of the DoJ press release…
An indictment is merely an allegation. All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.