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The consistency of the two data bases confers some confidence in

identifying an ideal typical returnee as a well-educated professional, bi-

lingual or better, in early career and with considerable earnings capacity.

This description counters the typical retirement age profile of the

returnee to North America, Europe and the Caribbean, but agrees with

descriptions of skilled workers in Australia likely to repatriate to Taiwan

or China (Fei and Iredale 2002). Our Hong Kong interviews and focus

groups amply filled out this profile, and the deployment of human capital

resources that it implied. Economic motives for return dominated all

others.

Promotions, opportunities, money. I think it’s much better here.

Here you work hard, but you get your promotions, your money.

You do work up the ladder. With a lot of my friends who graduated

at the same time [they] are still in the same position [in Canada] or

have only got one promotion, and it’s been three or four years

now…

Or again:

The only reason I want to come back is to find a job. Because in

Canada it’s not easy to find a job.

Likewise,

I would say the working environment is better in Hong Kong.

Like earning more money. Lower tax. That’s the main issue I

would say, lower tax. More opportunities here. I would say it’s

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