Kudos to the UK
By Scott Sumner
I recently pointed to a Matt Yglesias tweet that called on the US government to punish China by allowing Hong Kong residents to migrate to the US. Alas, the US government seems to be moving in the opposite direction, restricting the migration of highly talented Chinese students.
Fortunately, the UK government has better judgment:
The UK has set itself on a collision course with China after broadening its offer on extended visa rights from 350,000 to almost 3m Hong Kong residents.
After Beijing announced plans this week to proceed with the imposition of a national security law on Hong Kong, UK foreign secretary Dominic Raab retaliated with an “unprecedented” pledge to expand visa rights for British National (Overseas) passport holders in Hong Kong from six to 12 months and “provide a pathway to future citizenship”.
Hong Kong has many highly talented entrepreneurs that would provide a boost to any country to which they emigrated.
PS. Does anyone know where the 3 million figure comes from? Is that the number of Hong Kong residents who were living there back in 1997, when Hong Kong was still a British colony?
Maybe the US could offer visas to the other 4 million HK residents.