HOTELS & TOURISM | Staff Reporter, Hong Kong

Number of Hong Kong locals applying for immigration visas up 8.6%

It reached a three-year high.

A report from South China Morning Post revealed that the number of Hongkongers trying to emigrate to other parts of the world reached a three-year high last year.

Figures released by the Security Bureau show 7,600 applied for a certificate of no criminal conviction (CNCC) for outward immigration purposes – 8.6 per cent more than in 2015 and 10 per cent more than in 2014.

The last time so many locals applied to leave the city was in 2013. The United States remained the most popular destination, with 2,800 applying for immigration visas, the highest in five years. Australia and Canada a 

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