Diminishing diversity - the changing faces of Hong Kong International Schools


None of us could have predicted how "unusual" a year 2020 would turn out to be. One of the apparent side effects of this year's unusual events is that more places are available in Hong Kong's international schools. Why? People say they have heard more expats have left Hong Kong and therefore more places are available.


We do not agree.


Who are the Expats?


In reality, the number of expats in Hong Kong is very small. And the number of expats able to afford high international school fees is tiny. According to the 2016 census, about 690,000 foreigners and non-Hong Kong Chinese live in the Special Administrative Region, accounting for about 9.5% of the population. However, the data is very, very skewed and unhelpful for the purpose of ascertaining the availability of spaces in international schools. This number accounts for all domestic helpers as well as low income ethnic minorities. It also does not account for all the HK Chinese and Mainland Chinese with additional passports.


Expats are not Important