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Leaving Hong Kong: As China cracks down, a family makes a wrenching decision
Unlike activists who have fled the city facing charges related to the protests of 2019, the Lais are a typical middle-class, politically moderate family. They're moving to Scotland simply because of disillusionment with the hometown they love. They're among hundreds of thousands of Hong Kongers who could emigrate as Beijing tightens its grip.
HONGKONG-SECURITY/EMIGRATION
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December 21, 2020
The Lai family, who are emigrating to Scotland, look out over the city's skyline on an outing to Tsim...
Hong Kong, China
The Wider Image: Leaving Hong Kong: A family makes a wrenching decision
The Lai family, who are emigrating to Scotland, look out over the city's skyline on an outing to Tsim Sha Tsui in Hong Kong, China, December 14, 2020. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu SEARCH "HONG KONG IMMIGRATION" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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December 21, 2020
Clouds from tropical storm Nangka are pictured over Hong Kong, China, October 13, 2020. REUTERS/Tyrone...
Hong Kong, China
The Wider Image: Leaving Hong Kong: A family makes a wrenching decision
Clouds from tropical storm Nangka are pictured over Hong Kong, China, October 13, 2020. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu SEARCH "HONG KONG IMMIGRATION" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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December 21, 2020
The United Kingdom is pictured on a globe at the Lai family's home in Hong Kong, China, September 5,...
Hong Kong, China
The Wider Image: Leaving Hong Kong: A family makes a wrenching decision
The United Kingdom is pictured on a globe at the Lai family's home in Hong Kong, China, September 5, 2020. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu SEARCH "HONG KONG IMMIGRATION" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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December 21, 2020
One-year-old Yanis Lai, who is emigrating to Scotland with her family, and her family cat "Happy", a...
Hong Kong, China
The Wider Image: Leaving Hong Kong: A family makes a wrenching decision
One-year-old Yanis Lai, who is emigrating to Scotland with her family, and her family cat "Happy", a 17-year-old Scottish fold, look out of a window at their home in Hong Kong, China, September 5, 2020. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu SEARCH "HONG KONG IMMIGRATION" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
HONGKONG-SECURITY/EMIGRATION
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December 21, 2020
Asa Lai, who is emigrating to Scotland with her family, helps her daughter Caris, 11, with her school...
Hong Kong, China
The Wider Image: Leaving Hong Kong: A family makes a wrenching decision
Asa Lai, who is emigrating to Scotland with her family, helps her daughter Caris, 11, with her school work at their home in Hong Kong, China, September 7, 2020. "Our life has been very abundant, just like our hopes," Asa said of the chaotic apartment. "We may have the financial ability," Asa said, "but what about the others, the future generation of Hong Kong? We are very lucky." REUTERS/Tyrone Siu SEARCH "HONG KONG IMMIGRATION" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
HONGKONG-SECURITY/EMIGRATION
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December 21, 2020
British National Overseas passports (BNO) and Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's...
Hong Kong, China
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British National Overseas passports (BNO) and Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China passports sit on top of the Lai family's baggage before they emigrate to Scotland, at Asa Lai's parents home in Hong Kong, China December 17, 2020. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu SEARCH "HONG KONG IMMIGRATION" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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June 16, 2019
Protesters attend a demonstration demanding Hong Kong's leaders to step down and withdraw the extradition...
Hong Kong, China
Demonstration demanding Hong Kong's leaders to step down and withdraw the extradition bill, in Hong Kong...
Protesters attend a demonstration demanding Hong Kong's leaders to step down and withdraw the extradition bill, in Hong Kong, China, June 16, 2019. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu
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RTX8HIMI
December 21, 2020
Willie Lai, who is emigrating to Scotland with his wife and children, rides a bicycle with his daughters...
Hong Kong, China
The Wider Image: Leaving Hong Kong: A family makes a wrenching decision
Willie Lai, who is emigrating to Scotland with his wife and children, rides a bicycle with his daughters Caris, 11, and Eunis, 12, in Sha Tin, Hong Kong, China October 4, 2020. "If the youth fear speaking out, then this isn't a suitable place. The best I can do, right now, is to help my children, to bring them up in a more suitable environment," said Willie. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu SEARCH "HONG KONG IMMIGRATION" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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December 21, 2020
Ada cooks dinner next to her daughter Asa Lai, who is emigrating to Scotland with her husband and children,...
Hong Kong, China
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Ada cooks dinner next to her daughter Asa Lai, who is emigrating to Scotland with her husband and children, at her home in Hong Kong, China, September 27, 2020. "I'll miss my daughter. I don't want to see them go. I feel helpless," said Ada. "I don't like to think about it. When I do, I cry." REUTERS/Tyrone Siu SEARCH "HONG KONG IMMIGRATION" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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December 21, 2020
Asa Lai, who is emigrating to Scotland with her family, makes mooncakes which are traditionally eaten...
Hong Kong, China
The Wider Image: Leaving Hong Kong: A family makes a wrenching decision
Asa Lai, who is emigrating to Scotland with her family, makes mooncakes which are traditionally eaten during the Mid-Autumn festival, with her daughter Eunis, 12, at their home in Hong Kong, China, September 27, 2020. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu SEARCH "HONG KONG IMMIGRATION" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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December 21, 2020
Asa Lai, who is emigrating to Scotland with her husband and children, and her family have dinner at her...
Hong Kong, China
The Wider Image: Leaving Hong Kong: A family makes a wrenching decision
Asa Lai, who is emigrating to Scotland with her husband and children, and her family have dinner at her parent's home in Hong Kong, China, September 27, 2020. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu SEARCH "HONG KONG IMMIGRATION" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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December 21, 2020
Asa Lai, who is emigrating to Scotland, cries during the last dinner with her parents at their home...
Hong Kong, China
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Asa Lai, who is emigrating to Scotland, cries during the last dinner with her parents at their home in Hong Kong, China December 17, 2020. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu SEARCH "HONG KONG IMMIGRATION" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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December 21, 2020
Asa Lai, who is emigrating to Scotland with her family, and her parents Tse Kwok Keung and Ada go shopping...
Hong Kong, China
The Wider Image: Leaving Hong Kong: A family makes a wrenching decision
Asa Lai, who is emigrating to Scotland with her family, and her parents Tse Kwok Keung and Ada go shopping at a wet market in Hong Kong, China, December 16, 2020. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu SEARCH "HONG KONG IMMIGRATION" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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December 21, 2020
Willie Lai, who is emigrating to Scotland with his family, hangs up a wedding photo of himself and his...
Hong Kong, China
The Wider Image: Leaving Hong Kong: A family makes a wrenching decision
Willie Lai, who is emigrating to Scotland with his family, hangs up a wedding photo of himself and his wife Asa at their home in Hong Kong, China, October 18, 2020. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu SEARCH "HONG KONG IMMIGRATION" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
HONGKONG-SECURITY/EMIGRATION
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December 21, 2020
Caris Lai, 11, who is emigrating to Scotland with her family, dances in front of family members at her...
Hong Kong, China
The Wider Image: Leaving Hong Kong: A family makes a wrenching decision
Caris Lai, 11, who is emigrating to Scotland with her family, dances in front of family members at her grandparent's home in Hong Kong, China, September 27, 2020. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu SEARCH "HONG KONG IMMIGRATION" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
HONGKONG-SECURITY/EMIGRATION
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December 21, 2020
Asa Lai, who is emigrating to Scotland with her family, feeds her one-year-old daughter Yanis at their...
Hong Kong, China
The Wider Image: Leaving Hong Kong: A family makes a wrenching decision
Asa Lai, who is emigrating to Scotland with her family, feeds her one-year-old daughter Yanis at their home in Hong Kong, China, September 5, 2020. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu SEARCH "HONG KONG IMMIGRATION" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
HONGKONG-SECURITY/EMIGRATION
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December 21, 2020
Caris Lai, 11, who is emigrating to Scotland with her family, looks at her one-year-old sister Yanis...
Hong Kong, China
The Wider Image: Leaving Hong Kong: A family makes a wrenching decision
Caris Lai, 11, who is emigrating to Scotland with her family, looks at her one-year-old sister Yanis at their home in Hong Kong, China, September 5, 2020. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu SEARCH "HONG KONG IMMIGRATION" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
HONGKONG-SECURITY/EMIGRATION
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December 21, 2020
Eunis Lai, 12, who is emigrating to Scotland with her family, attends a virtual class via Zoom at she...
Hong Kong, China
The Wider Image: Leaving Hong Kong: A family makes a wrenching decision
Eunis Lai, 12, who is emigrating to Scotland with her family, attends a virtual class via Zoom at she sits in her home, following the closure of her school during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Hong Kong, China, September 7, 2020. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu SEARCH "HONG KONG IMMIGRATION" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
HONGKONG-SECURITY/EMIGRATION
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December 21, 2020
Willie Lai, who is emigrating to Scotland with his family, holds his one-year-old daughter Yanis, as...
Hong Kong, China
The Wider Image: Leaving Hong Kong: A family makes a wrenching decision
Willie Lai, who is emigrating to Scotland with his family, holds his one-year-old daughter Yanis, as they get off the bus with Caris, 11, to travel back home in Hong Kong, China, September 5, 2020. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu SEARCH "HONG KONG IMMIGRATION" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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December 21, 2020
Willie Lai and his daughter Caris, 11, renew their passports before emigrating to Scotland, at the Immigration...
Hong Kong, China
The Wider Image: Leaving Hong Kong: A family makes a wrenching decision
Willie Lai and his daughter Caris, 11, renew their passports before emigrating to Scotland, at the Immigration Department in Hong Kong, China, August 28, 2020. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu SEARCH "HONG KONG IMMIGRATION" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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December 21, 2020
Asa Lai and her husband Willie, who are emigrating to Scotland with their children, hold hands as they...
Hong Kong, China
The Wider Image: Leaving Hong Kong: A family makes a wrenching decision
Asa Lai and her husband Willie, who are emigrating to Scotland with their children, hold hands as they pray before lunch, whilst visiting Lamma Island in Hong Kong, China, December 11, 2020. When talking about the moment Asa and her husband decided to emigrate she said "It's a buildup of many things, all of these things that have happened – it seems to get worse and worse. So it's hard to really pick an exact moment. I guess I would say it was the moment when freedom of speech began to shrink." REUTERS/Tyrone Siu SEARCH "HONG KONG IMMIGRATION" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
HONGKONG-SECURITY/EMIGRATION
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December 21, 2020
Eunis Lai, 12, sits on sofa as her father Willie packs up their belongings to be shipped to Scotland,...
Hong Kong, China
The Wider Image: Leaving Hong Kong: A family makes a wrenching decision
Eunis Lai, 12, sits on sofa as her father Willie packs up their belongings to be shipped to Scotland, where they are emigrating to with their family, at their home in Hong Kong, China, November 8, 2020. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu SEARCH "HONG KONG IMMIGRATION" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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December 21, 2020
Asa Lai and her daughter Eunis, 12, pack up their belongings to be shipped to Scotland where they are...
Hong Kong, China
The Wider Image: Leaving Hong Kong: A family makes a wrenching decision
Asa Lai and her daughter Eunis, 12, pack up their belongings to be shipped to Scotland where they are emigrating to with their family, at their home in Hong Kong, China, October 18, 2020. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu SEARCH "HONG KONG IMMIGRATION" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
HONGKONG-SECURITY/EMIGRATION
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December 21, 2020
One-year-old Yanis Lai, plays inside a box as her family pack up their belongings before emigrating to...
Hong Kong, China
The Wider Image: Leaving Hong Kong: A family makes a wrenching decision
One-year-old Yanis Lai, plays inside a box as her family pack up their belongings before emigrating to Scotland, at their home in Hong Kong, China, October 18, 2020. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu SEARCH "HONG KONG IMMIGRATION" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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December 21, 2020
Willie Lai, who is emigrating to Scotland with his family, stands in his apartment as movers pack up...
Hong Kong, China
The Wider Image: Leaving Hong Kong: A family makes a wrenching decision
Willie Lai, who is emigrating to Scotland with his family, stands in his apartment as movers pack up a piano to be shipped to Scotland, in Hong Kong, China, November 10, 2020. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu SEARCH "HONG KONG IMMIGRATION" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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December 21, 2020
A mover pushes boxes out of the Lai family's apartment, who are emigrating to Scotland, in Hong Kong,...
Hong Kong, China
The Wider Image: Leaving Hong Kong: A family makes a wrenching decision
A mover pushes boxes out of the Lai family's apartment, who are emigrating to Scotland, in Hong Kong, China, November 10, 2020. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu SEARCH "HONG KONG IMMIGRATION" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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December 21, 2020
Asa Lai and her husband Willie, who are emigrating to Scotland with their family, react in their empty...
Hong Kong, China
The Wider Image: Leaving Hong Kong: A family makes a wrenching decision
Asa Lai and her husband Willie, who are emigrating to Scotland with their family, react in their empty apartment before handing over the keys to a buyer in Hong Kong, China, November 11, 2020. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu SEARCH "HONG KONG IMMIGRATION" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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December 21, 2020
Asa Lai, who is emigrating to Scotland with her family, talks to her colleagues on the last day of her...
Hong Kong, China
The Wider Image: Leaving Hong Kong: A family makes a wrenching decision
Asa Lai, who is emigrating to Scotland with her family, talks to her colleagues on the last day of her job in Hong Kong, China, December 9, 2020. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu SEARCH "HONG KONG IMMIGRATION" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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December 21, 2020
Willie Lai has dinner with family friends during a farewell party for the Lai family before they emigrate...
Hong Kong, China
The Wider Image: Leaving Hong Kong: A family makes a wrenching decision
Willie Lai has dinner with family friends during a farewell party for the Lai family before they emigrate to Scotland, at their friend's home in Hong Kong, China, December 5, 2020. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu SEARCH "HONG KONG IMMIGRATION" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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December 21, 2020
A card filled with photos, that was gifted to the Lai family, is pictured during their farewell party...
Hong Kong, China
The Wider Image: Leaving Hong Kong: A family makes a wrenching decision
A card filled with photos, that was gifted to the Lai family, is pictured during their farewell party before they emigrate to Scotland, at their friend's home in Hong Kong, China, December 5, 2020. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu SEARCH "HONG KONG IMMIGRATION" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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December 21, 2020
Asa Lai cries next to her friend Florence during a farewell party for the Lai family before they emigrate...
Hong Kong, China
The Wider Image: Leaving Hong Kong: A family makes a wrenching decision
Asa Lai cries next to her friend Florence during a farewell party for the Lai family before they emigrate to Scotland, at a friend's home in Hong Kong, China, December 5, 2020. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu SEARCH "HONG KONG IMMIGRATION" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
HONGKONG-SECURITY/EMIGRATION
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December 21, 2020
Caris Lai, 11, talks to her friend during a farewell party for the Lai family who are emigrating to Scotland,...
Hong Kong, China
The Wider Image: Leaving Hong Kong: A family makes a wrenching decision
Caris Lai, 11, talks to her friend during a farewell party for the Lai family who are emigrating to Scotland, at a friend's home in Hong Kong, China, December 5, 2020. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu SEARCH "HONG KONG IMMIGRATION" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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December 21, 2020
Asa Lai and her husband Willie, who are emigrating to Scotland with their family, get ready to leave...
Hong Kong, China
The Wider Image: Leaving Hong Kong: A family makes a wrenching decision
Asa Lai and her husband Willie, who are emigrating to Scotland with their family, get ready to leave for the airport with their friends who are sending them off, at the home of Asa's parents in Hong Kong, China, December 17, 2020. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu SEARCH "HONG KONG IMMIGRATION" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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December 21, 2020
Asa Lai and her husband Willie, who are emigrating to Scotland with their children, close the door of...
Hong Kong, China
The Wider Image: Leaving Hong Kong: A family makes a wrenching decision
Asa Lai and her husband Willie, who are emigrating to Scotland with their children, close the door of their old apartment before handing over the keys to a buyer in Hong Kong, China, November 11, 2020. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu SEARCH "HONG KONG IMMIGRATION" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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December 21, 2020
Asa Lai, who is emigrating to Scotland with her family, hugs a friend who is seeing them off before their...
Hong Kong, China
The Wider Image: Leaving Hong Kong: A family makes a wrenching decision
Asa Lai, who is emigrating to Scotland with her family, hugs a friend who is seeing them off before their departure at Hong Kong International Airport, in Hong Kong, China, December 17, 2020. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu SEARCH "HONG KONG IMMIGRATION" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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December 21, 2020
One-year-old Yanis Lai, who is emigrating to Scotland with her parents and siblings, and her grandmother...
Hong Kong, China
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One-year-old Yanis Lai, who is emigrating to Scotland with her parents and siblings, and her grandmother Ada say goodbye to friends on a video call outside Hong Kong International Airport in Hong Kong, China, December 17, 2020. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu SEARCH "HONG KONG IMMIGRATION" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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December 21, 2020
The Lai family, who are emigrating to Scotland, wave goodbye to their friends who are seeing them off...
Hong Kong, China
The Wider Image: Leaving Hong Kong: A family makes a wrenching decision
The Lai family, who are emigrating to Scotland, wave goodbye to their friends who are seeing them off before their departure at Hong Kong International Airport in Hong Kong, China, December 17, 2020. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu SEARCH "HONG KONG IMMIGRATION" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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December 21, 2020
One-year-old Yanis Lai, who is emigrating to Scotland with her family, waves goodbye to the buildings...
Hong Kong, China
The Wider Image: Leaving Hong Kong: A family makes a wrenching decision
One-year-old Yanis Lai, who is emigrating to Scotland with her family, waves goodbye to the buildings during a visit with her family to Tsim Sha Tsui in Hong Kong, China, December 14, 2020. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu SEARCH "HONG KONG IMMIGRATION" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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