International students flock to Hong Kong after COVID-19 pandemic

Hong Kong has seen an increase in the number of university students, despite a decline in the number of work visas granted to immigrants since 2020. Hong Kong had adopted strict coronavirus quarantine rules until recently.

Immigration Department data showed 43,732 non-local students entered Hong Kong in 2021, up 24 percent from 35,330 in 2020 and 4 percent from 41,895 in 2019, when COVID-19 began to spread.

The number of non-local student entries in 2022 is also expected to exceed the record for 2021, as 43,945 students entered Hong Kong in the first nine months of this year alone.

The increase was mainly attributed to the increase in Mainland Chinese students, 38,416 of whom arrived between January-September 2022, up from 30,707 in 2019 to 31,123 in 2020 and 37,087 last year despite the coronavirus pandemic.

Shi Tianqi, 23, from Shanghai, has been in international journalism studies this year after being awarded her bachelor’s degree in Singapore in 2020. Baptist University Earned Bachelors degree from one year Masters programme.

Xi Tianqi further said that she chose Hong Kong for further studies because the city’s universities had a good international reputation and she wanted to stay closer to the mainland as the pandemic situation worsened.

The number of students from other nationalities declined year-on-year in 2020, but all showed an increase last year except for students from South Korea and Taiwan.

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