Hong Kong Population Falls for First Time Since 2003

Hong Kong Population Falls for First Time Since 2003

Hong Kong’s population declined last year for the first time since 2003, the Hong Kong Census and Statistics Department said Thursday.

Hong Kong recorded 7.47 million residents in 2020, a 0.6-percent decrease from 2019, according to the census bureau’s annual population report, released February 18. The number of deaths surpassed the number of births in the city last year, causing a “natural decrease” in population for the first time since 1961. The number of residents who left Hong Kong surpassed the number of people who moved to the city as well, resulting in a “net outflow.”

“A natural decrease of 6,700 was recorded for the first time in 2020, with 43,100 births and 49,800 deaths. Meanwhile, a net outflow of 39,800 persons was recorded during 2020, with an inflow of 10,100 One-way Permit holders and a net outflow of 49,900 other Hong Kong residents,” the report stated.

“Largely due to the border control and

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