The United Kingdom potentially is going to welcome thousands of Hong Konger refugees through its new visa policy for inhabitants of the former British colony.
In the previous year, Beijing practiced an extensive national security law on Hong Kong that a few critics say it has fetched the city of its independence and precious civil, and social freedoms, while China’s authorization policy over the territory. From that time, several top politicians and activists ran away, and others have started shifting overseas.
The government of the United Kingdom declared, soon after it was projected that it would offer a new way to acquire its nationality for those who have British National passport, which was practiced in the last year of British rule over Hong Kong, allowing people to grasp the degree of British citizenship without any long-term right of residence in the United Kingdom.
Under this newly projected program, people with British Nationality (Overseas) status and their suitable family persons can travel to the United Kingdom to study and work, becoming appropriate for settlement in the United Kingdom in five years, and then nationality of the country after twelve months.
On Friday, in a statement, Boris Johnson (British Prime Minister) described this action saying that we have honored our friendship and deep ties of history with the people of Hong Kong. He continued that they have stood up for autonomy and freedom values for both the United Kingdom and Hong Kong residents.
A data from the United Kingdom Home Office, attained by a media agency, CNN, through an independent of information request, in July 2019, when an anti-government protest emerged across the city, more than 400,000 British Nationality (Overseas) passports have been allotted to the people of Hong Kong, that was higher than the total numbers that previously issued in the fifteen years.
At that moment, the national security law was introduced, through which the total number of passports issued increased from 7,515 (June 2020) to more than 24,000 (July 2020). Moreover, the increased number may still be lower than the number of people applying for passports because COVID-19 had affected the processing of passports the previous summer.