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Britain mulls citizenship for more than 3m Hong Kong inhabitants

Christian Fernsby ▼ | May 30, 2020
Great Britain said Friday it could consider extending visa rights and offering a pathway to citizenship for millions of Hong Kong residents if China moves forward with planned legislation.
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Government officials said the move could impact about 3 million people who were born before 1997, when Hong Kong was a British colony, and classified as a “British National Oversees” (BNO).

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“If China imposes this law, we will explore options to allow British Nationals Overseas to apply for leave to stay in the U.K., including a path to citizenship,” Home Secretary Priti Patel said in a statement. “We will continue to defend the rights and freedoms of the people of Hong Kong.”