Residents of the UK's former colony believe China is undermining Hong Kong's rights and freedoms
The UK will introduce a new visa at the end of January that will give 5.4 million Hong Kong residents - a staggering 70% of the territory's population - the right to come and live in the UK, and eventually become citizens.
It is making this "generous" offer to residents of its former colony because it believes China is undermining Hong Kong's rights and freedoms.
Not everyone will come. Some of those eligible to leave have expressed their determination to stay and continue the fight for democracy.
In the end, Britain estimates that about 300,000 will take up the visa offer over the next five years.
But some are so keen to leave that they are already in the UK, including Andy Li and his wife Teri Wong.
Andy Li (L) and Teri Wong (R) have already moved to the UK to give their children better opportunities
The couple moved to the city of York with their daughter Gudelia and son Paul in October, shortly after Britain announced it was planning to launch the new visa scheme.
They made the move primarily for their children.
"We feel that the things we treasure about Hong Kong - our core values - are fading over time," said Mr Li.
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Oct 2, 2020 - 1:21pm
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The Trump administration announced that the ceiling for refugee admissions for the fiscal year that began yesterday will be 15,000, the lowest refugee admissions ceiling since the program began 40 years ago. The refugee maximum in the 4 decades before Trump averaged about 96,000.
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