In the U.K., Migrants From Hong Kong Build a New Life

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SUTTON, England — The days were short, and so much colder than the ones they had known, when Eric Wong and his family set foot in London in the winter of 2020 to start new lives.

In Hong Kong, Mr. Wong had been an owner of a successful business selling milk tea, and his wife had been a school administrator. In England, as a coronavirus lockdown stretched on, he played with their daughter, Trini, in their apartment and worried that his English was too poor to get him a job. It was difficult to make friends. And he missed the sun.

“I couldn’t see the direction in front of me,” said Mr. Wong, 46, who was a beneficiary of a visa program that gives British overseas passport holders in Hong Kong a path to citizenship. “Nothing was clear.”

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