Hong Kong has seen more than four months of increasingly violent protests, prompted by Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor’s now-withdrawn extradition bill and allegations of escalating police brutality. Predictably, many Hongkongers are looking to emigrate to a happier, freer land.
It therefore strikes me as puzzling that one of the countries Hongkongers, who long for democracy, rights and freedoms, consider moving to is Singapore.
Having lived in Singapore, where I read for my doctorate a decade ago, I offer some immigration advisory beyond the similar skyscrapers and cultural and ethnic surrounds.
The protests in Hong Kong could not have happened in Singapore for the same reasons they could not have happened in mainland China, even if the Singapore government deploys slightly different means.