A growing number of young mainland professionals working in Hong Kong fifind life here lonely and are thinking of giving up. As reports, efffforts are being made to halt an exodus of talent, which could seriously erode the SAR’s competitiveness.
of gang piao quan (literally translated as Circle of Hong Kong Drifters), an online community for mainland people and the Hong Kong organizer of the television program’s audition.
The arrival of Fei Cheng Wu Rao underscores a problem that augurs difficulties ahead for Hong Kong’s competitive standing in the global economy.
Given the city’s low fertility rate and a rapidly aging population, the SAR faces a major threat to its economic viability. The city needs to recruit enough workers from outside to maintain its workforce. High-quality professionals from the mainland are the prime targets. Several programs are designed to attract mainland talents here.
By August 2013, the cumulative total of mainland students and professionals coming here over a 10year span stood at 160,000, according to the Hong Kong Immigration Department. Most, however,
choose not to stay. Serious consequences
A survey by Hong Kong Ideas Centre, a non-government organization, reveals that only three percent of 500 students and professionals interviewed were prepared to make long-term commitments to Hong Kong. This could have serious consequences.
“Hong Kong cannot attract enough talent to support companies’ growth, businesses may be forced to go where talent is available. If this comes true, it could create a downward spiral that would weaken Hong Kong’s competitiveness and ability to attract talent,” the Public Engagement on Population Policy reveals.
“Feeling lonely and the lack of friends” is the major reason gang piao give up and go home, according to the Hong Kong Ideas Centre Study.
“Hong Kong is exciting,” said Xia. “But, I don’t have the feeling of home.” When he has time, he prefers to hang out with friends in Shenzhen or Guangzhou, he said.
Ting Kwok-fai, a professor at the Department of Sociology at CUHK, does not see the television program as a serious solution.
“This program is entertainment. It’s not a major way of looking for a spouse,” he said, adding that the best hope for success is for people to find their mates among their circles of friends.
Zhang, who graduated with an MA in Chinese Studies from Hong Kong Polytechnic University two years ago, is one example. He’s newly married, and now operates a restaurant with his wife, who was his junior classmate at university. The most important reason for him to choose to stay in Hong Kong, he said, is his wife. “She stays, and I stay. If she leaves, I’ll leave,” said Zhang. Contact the writer at firstname.lastname@example.org