Residential mobility of Chinese immigrants: An analysis of housing conditions and tenure structure

Chi Man Hui

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For a long period of time, immigrants have played an important role in the development of Hong Kong. With an influx of over 50,000 immigrants from mainland China on a yearly basis, this is truer than ever in Hong Kong. The behavior of these immigrants is a worthwhile topic for researcher. This study focuses on various aspects of housing, ranging from the tenure choices and housing conditions to the residential mobility of new Chinese immigrants in Hong Kong. Thus far, the literature has rarely explored situations that arise when immigrants have the same racial background as the people in the host cities. This research is intended to fill this gap in knowledge. Our findings reveal that Chinese immigrant households tend to start off overwhelmingly as private renters in the housing market. They also tend to live in inferior housing. However, as the duration of their residence in Hong Kong lengthens, the types of tenure become more diverse and the quality of their housing improves, indicating an upward mobility in terms of housing conditions. 2006.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)379-399
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Housing and the Built Environment
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2005


  • Housing barriers
  • Immigrants
  • Residential mobility
  • Tenure structure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Urban Studies


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