According to the published figures, the population of Hong Kong amounted to 7.3749 million by the end of 2016, marking an increase of 65,200, or 0.9%, when compared to 2015. The figures also show that 60,800 were born in 2016 while 46,900 passed away, tallying a natural increase of 13,900. 57,400 moved into Hong Kong by One-way Permits, while only 6100 left Hong Kong on a long-term basis.
Under the current policy of the One-way Permits, a quota of 150 is allowed each day. With 57,400 moving into Hong Kong via this system in 2016, which had 366 days, it amounts to 157 per day. This surplus is not due to any changes in the policy, but holders of the permit are allowed to move to Hong Kong within a three-month period once the application is granted, according to reports of Oriental Daily. 2016 also saw a 50% increase of intake when compared to the 38,300 in 2015, marking the figure the highest in the past 16 years.
Over the past five years, Hong Kong took in the most people with One-way Permits in 2012 with 52,100. 38,300 entered Hong Kong from China in 2015, 43,500 came into Hong Kong in 2014, 47,900 in 2013 and 41,100 in 2011.
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