Mobility and work-residence matching for new immigrants in Hong Kong

Chi Man Hui, Jiawei Zhong, Kahung Yu

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Due to their prominence in contributing to Hong Kong's population growth in recent years, new immigrants' housing preference play a crucial role on shaping housing demand. However, previous studies have not focused on their characteristics. This study aims to identify the factors which influence residential mobility and work-residence matching of households with new immigrants, based on the most recent Population census data in Hong Kong. The findings indicate that households which contain Mainland Chinese immigrants are more mobile residentially and have better work-residence matching than those with non-Chinese immigrants. Besides, the work-residence matching preference is stronger for a household with all of its members immigrating to Hong Kong together. In addition, it is found that both district poverty and housing affordability keep households from obtaining better work-residence matching in general. The impact of the latter is particularly remarkable among households with foreign immigrants. These new findings would provide valuable implications for policy and market development.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)444-451
Number of pages8
JournalHabitat International
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2012


  • Immigrant
  • Mobility
  • Work-residence matching

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urban Studies


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