Explaining attitudes toward immigrants from Mainland China in Hong Kong

Siu Yau LEE, Kee Lee CHOU

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The tension between immigrants from Mainland China and Hong Kong locals has intensified in recent years. Using an original telephone survey that interviewed a representative sample of the Hong Kong population, this article evaluates three major explanations—economic self-interest, sociotropic concerns and psychological dispositions—for anti-immigrant sentiments. The findings suggest that negative attitudes toward immigrants are significantly related to sociotropic concerns. More importantly, such concerns are more prevalent among respondents who have a strong "Hong Konger" identity. Overall, this article presents new evidence for evaluating the relative influence of different factors in the formation of immigration attitudes in the Greater China region. Copyright © 2018 by Scalabrini Migration Center.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)273-298
JournalAsian and Pacific Migration Journal
Issue number3
Early online dateAug 2018
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2018


Lee, S.-Y., & Chou, K.-L. (2018). Explaining attitudes toward immigrants from Mainland China in Hong Kong. Asian and Pacific Migration Journal, 27(3), 273-298. doi: 10.1177/0117196818790572


  • Attitudes toward immigrants
  • Economic self-interest
  • Sociotropic concerns
  • Identity
  • Hong Kong


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