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42% of Hong Kong residents want to leave, survey by independent think-tank finds

City has become polarised with occasional violent protests, partly fuelled by tension with Beijing leaders

Seventy per cent of 1,500 people surveyed said that Hong Kong had become "worse" or "much worse" to live in.

Hong Kong

WHEN activists began setting fire to trash bins and hurling bricks at police during a February riot in Hong Kong, Chris Lee became more convinced that his decision to leave his siblings and mother behind and move to Taiwan was the right one.

Hong Kong, long known as one