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Hong Kong

Navigating Its Own Path on Immigration

Hong Kong’s immigration policies match its reputation as a place of economic freedom. Although it is less easy to hire lower-skilled workers or to be granted a visa if one is a foreign-born entrepreneur, Hong Kong maintains no quotas on hiring high-skilled foreign nationals and maintains clear policies on lawful permanent residence (Right of Abode), intracompany transfers and retaining international students postgraduation.

Score Breakdown: Hong Kong vs. United States

About the Report

Business Roundtable selected the evaluated countries based on five criteria:

  1. Worldwide university rankings;
  2. Per-capita income;
  3. Gross domestic product growth rate;
  4. Net migration rate; and
  5. Research and development investment.

After comparing each advanced economy relative to the five criteria, the top 10 countries (including the United States) were selected for the study: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Switzerland and the United Kingdom (U.K.). Not coincidentally, these are the countries with which the United States competes most for foreign talent, particularly in science and technology fields.