The Displacement Risks and Impacts of Hong Kong's Nonindigenous Villagers: A Grounded Theory Analysis

Posted: 24 Nov 2020

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Edward Chung Yim Yiu

University of Auckland Business School

Bente Castro Campos

Institute of Future Cities

Date Written: April 16, 2019

Abstract

Land resumption in Hong Kong, which involves involuntary displacement in contemporary development projects, deliberately targets nonindigenous villages, where many residents are landless farmers. In this article, we examine the risks and impacts associated with such displacement of the nonindigenous villagers through a grounded theory approach. Interviews were conducted with nonindigenous villagers who were either in a pre- or in a post-relocation state as well as with activists who condemn the current development projects in Hong Kong. Our major findings are that displacement risks and impacts of the nonindigenous villagers can be understood against the background of five interrelated factors: marginalization by nonindigenous status, demographic characteristics, economic impacts, mental health, and community attachment. Displacement loss unfolds particularly strong for the landless, often elderly, farmers. While Hong Kong is a highly developed area, its nonindigenous villagers largely face the negative outcomes of development projects, similar to the landless people in the developing world.

Keywords: Involuntary Displacement, Displacement Risks and Impacts, Nonindigenous Villagers, Land and Housing Policies, Hong Kong

Suggested Citation

Yiu, Edward Chung Yim and Castro Campos, Bente, The Displacement Risks and Impacts of Hong Kong's Nonindigenous Villagers: A Grounded Theory Analysis (April 16, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3372733

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Bente Castro Campos

Institute of Future Cities ( email )

The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Shatin
Hong Kong
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