Date
20 January 2017
About 15 percent of the respondents said they would consider moving abroad amid worries about Hong Kong’s future, but more than 60 percent said they will not. Photo: Bloomberg
About 15 percent of the respondents said they would consider moving abroad amid worries about Hong Kong’s future, but more than 60 percent said they will not. Photo: Bloomberg

One in five young people pessimistic about HK future: survey

One in five young people in Hong Kong hold a bleak view of the future amid intense competition in the job market, doubts about the government, the highly politicized social atmosphere, and unaffordable home prices, a survey showed.

Conducted by Youth IDEAS of the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups’ Youth Research Center, the survey showed that 19.1 percent of the 522 respondents aged between 15 and 34 felt pessimistic about the future, Headline Daily reports.

They gave a score of 4 or lower in a scale of 0 to 10, with 10 being the most optimistic.

About 15 percent said they will consider moving abroad amid worries about Hong Kong’s future, but more than 60 percent said they will not.

Half of the respondents held a bright view of the city’s future, giving a score at 6 or higher.

The survey, whose results were released on Thursday, was conducted in March through phone interviews.

The respondents gave an average score of 6.56 when asked about how they perceive their life in the future, and a score of 5.53 when asked for their perception of future development.

When asked about government performance and that of lawmakers as a whole, the respondents gave an average score of below 5 for both.

They also showed lack of confidence in the implementation of the “one country, two systems” policy, giving an average score of 4.7.

Chu Hiu-ling, director of the youth department of the Hong Kong Council of Social Service, told Sky Post she was worried society could witness another wave of upheaval against the system if the problems being faced by young people are not properly addressed.

Youth IDEAS suggested the government establish healthy life indicators that cover multiple facets, including living, work, education, environment and governance in order to track the citizens’ sense of happiness and level of satisfaction toward life.

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