Marriages between Hong Kong women and mainland men, as a proportion of the total cross-border matrimonial alliances in the city, have risen significantly over the past two decades, a government report showed Thursday.
In 2013, there were 7,444 registered marriages between Hong Kong women and mainland males, accounting for 28 percent of the cross-border marriages that year, according to the “Marriage and Divorce Trends in Hong Kong, 1991 to 2013″ report from the Census and Statistics Department.
In 1991, the ratio stood at just 6.1 percent, the data showed, Sky Post reported.
Among the more than 55,000 marriages registered in Kong Kong in 2013, about 20,000, or 38 percent, involved Hong Kong-mainland alliances, the report said. Marriages between Hong Kong residents made up around 52.2 percent of the total registrations.
Over the two decades from 1991, the proportion of never-married people rose in Hong Kong across both genders. In 2011, 33.5 percent of males had never been married, higher than the corresponding figure — 29.2 percent — for females (excluding foreign domestic helpers).
In 1991, such figures for never-married stood at 27.8 and 20.1 percent for males and females, respectively.
With regard to educational levels, three in ten Hong Kong females aged between 25 and 39 who had received tertiary education were unmarried in 2011. In comparison, only 7 percent of those with primary education were unmarried.
As for divorce, figures also show a rising trend. In 2013, there were 3.1 divorcees out of every 1,000 Hong Kong residents. The divorce rate marks a tripling from the level in 1991, according to the report.
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