Leaving Hong Kong: a family's journey

This is the last time the Lai family celebrated the Hong Kong Mid-Autumn Festival, where they made moon cakes together.
Asa and Willie say they no longer recognize the city they grew up in after the demands of the millions of people who marched together last year were rejected by the city government and Beijing imposed a comprehensive national security law on Hong Kong in June, that China will maintain public safety and order after the anti-government protests last year.
The officials also insist that the rights and freedoms of citizens remain intact.
A Hong Kong government spokesman said "violent protests and anarchy in the streets" could be one of the motivations for people to emigrate over the past year, along with job, school, business or other personal reasons.
However, critics say the law further undermines autonomy in the city, and relentless crackdown on dissent has followed.
The Lai family say responding to the protests brought uncertainty into their lives and pushed them to immigrate to Scotland.
"We don't go because of politics as such, we go because politics now affects our lives."
"We're leaving Hong Kong because it's not ideal for our children's future."
Asa and Willie were hopeful that the city would turn to greater democracy last year when they marched with their children during the June 2 million rally.
But the authorities dug on their heels.
Police arrested around 10,000 people in connection with the demonstrations.
"If the youngsters are worried and afraid to speak up, this is not a suitable place. The best I can do now is to get them into a more appropriate environment.
The incredibly sad thing is that I can only help my own children. "
Hong Kong, a former British colony, was promised wide-ranging freedoms when it returned to Chinese rule in 1997.
Since the introduction of the new security law, the authorities have removed some democracy-friendly books from libraries, banned certain songs, searched a newsroom, and more.
The Lais are among the thousands of Hong Kongers who want to escape Beijing's tight grip.
"Is this Hong Kong still the same Hong Kong that we know? The difference is huge, it's getting more and more unfamiliar."
Initial signs suggest that this could be a second wave of migration, similar to the decade before it was handed over to China in 1997.
They sacrifice a comfortable life to rebuild it in a place they have never been before.
"This house is the result of our hardship. We've had ups and downs together, especially in recent years with our third child, and we have had some downs, but I hope we can continue the hardship and the path ahead of us." "
After three days of packing and sifting through years of memories, they say goodbye for good.
"I'm pretty nervous, it's not the same feeling as going on vacation. We're going to such an unknown place that knows the challenges we have to face."
"It's not a goodbye, see you soon."
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