Favoured destinations by Hong Kongers looking for alternatives are Malaysia, which is relatively cheap, and Taiwan, which is culturally similar to Hong Kong [Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters]

As protests in Hong Kong stretch from summer into autumn with little sign of resolution, a surge in migration applications suggests more locals are making plans to leave the special administrative region.

Their sentiments, reflected in passport paperwork and in interviews with residents, migration agents and real estate brokers across the globe, show the potential for human and capital flight out of Hong Kong, according to a Reuters analysis published on Friday.

Since an abortive push to allow extradition to mainland China sparked unrest in the former British colony three months ago, emigration seminars have been overflowing,

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