Escape Mobilities

The COVID-19 pandemic has escalated geopolitical tensions in ways that are creating a generation of disenchanted youths who imagine their futures within the cities they live, study, and work in to be eroded. A portion of these youths are driven towards disquieting forms of ‘escape mobilities’, in an attempt to seek out new lives abroad. In Hong Kong, youths have expressed their desire to emigrate due to frustrations towards the city’s rising cost of living, urban inequalities, and contentious political sentiments about the loss of autonomy and civic freedom since the early 2000s. The pandemic has allowed Beijing to strengthen its power over Hong Kong territories through the National Security Law (NSL), while driving greater conviction among youths to seek educational refuge outside of the city and to avoid state persecution under the NSL. This series of articles focuses on Hong Kong and its youth to shed light on how borders and mobilities – including those around education – intertwine with young people’s politics.

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Hong Kong protests: activist facing charges flees to Netherlands and another also goes missing
Hongkongers who want to flee to Taiwan will go through strict screening, officials say
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Canada urged to amend refugee, immigration rules to welcome Hong Kongers fleeing Chinese crackdown
More Hongkongers apply to be refugees in Australia as security law passes
US bill grants refugee status to Hong Kong protesters
Unrest in Hong Kong sees pro-democracy protester seeking asylum in Australia
This Hong Kong student protester fled to Australia. Now he’s seeking asylum
Asylum or economic opportunity? The mixed messages in Australia’s new Hong Kong visa options
Pro-Hong Kong democracy students in Perth allege death threats, intimidation from Chinese nation
Protests send Hong Kongers to Taiwan in search of new lives
Hong Kong refugees captured at sea spent months plotting daring dash to freedom in Taiwan
Hong Kong residents arrested at sea ‘will have to be dealt with’ by mainland China
Canada woos Hong Kong students amid China crackdown