Cross-border retirement migration plan in Hong Kong middle-aged adults

Kee Lee CHOU

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The purpose of this study was to determine factors affecting cross-border retirement migration plans in Hong Kong using a life-course model as the framework. Data were based on a representative random sample of 1867 adults aged between 45 and 59, who were interviewed in person in 2001. About 6.7% of these respondents planned to migrate to Mainland China after retirement or when they become older. Those who planned to migrate to Mainland China (n=126) were more likely to be male, to be employed in white-collar occupations, to have attained higher levels of education, and to possess non-self-occupied properties, but less likely to live with adult children than those who did not plan to migrate at all (n=1699). The Government must examine and anticipate the socio-economic impact of this future retirement migration on Hong Kong and formulate measures to effectively reduce its negative consequences.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)366-374
Number of pages9
JournalHabitat International
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2007

Bibliographical note

The data were made available by the Census and Statistics Department, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government.


  • Adults
  • Cross-border retirement migration
  • Hong Kong


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