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Home Ownership among Local Born and Migrant Young Adults in Hong Kong

Home Ownership among Local Born and Migrant Young Adults in Hong Kong
130 St. George Street, Robarts Library, 8th floor
Time: Feb 10th, 1:30 pm End: Feb 10th, 3:30 pm
Interest Categories: Sociology (FAS), Geography & Planning (FAS), East Asian Studies (FAS), 2000-
Talk by Eric Fong

The Asian Institute presents

Home Ownership among Local Born and Migrant Young Adults in Hong Kong

Home ownership is particularly important for young adults as it is one of the highly-valued life goals to achieve in Chinese culture. Yet, the
affordability of housing is a very serious issue in Hong Kong where population density is high and housing supply is limited. Those who cannot afford to buy their own houses usually live with their parents or stay in rental units.

Based on data from the 2011 Hong Kong census, this study explores home ownership of youth in Hong Kong. We are particularly interested in people aged between 20 and 35 as they just start establishing their career and having a family of their own. In our study, we pay particular attention to the difference between local-born and migrant young adults. Our findings suggest that the home-ownership rate of migrant young adults from the Mainland, who arrived in Hong Kong at age 17 or later, is substantially higher than that of either local-born young adults or their counterparts from the Mainland who arrived in Hong Kong at younger ages. Factors contributing to such a pattern and implications of the findings will be discussed.

Eric Fong is currently Professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and Director of the Center on Migration and Mobility. Fong also serves as a Chiangjiang Chair Professor at the Xi’an Jiaotong University. He was Professor of Sociology at the University of Toronto until July 2016. His latest book Immigration and the City, co-written with Brent Berry, will be published by Polity Press later this year.

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