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Africans in Hong Kong

Africans in Hong Kong
Total population
2,000 (2018)[1]
Regions with significant populations
Tsim Sha Tsui
English, French, Igbo, Yoruba and other languages of Africa
Christianity, Islam

Africans in Hong Kong constitute a small number of total residents in Hong Kong.


There were around 2,000 Africans living in Hong Kong in 2018 according to the Hong Kong African Association.[1] A subset of the overall African population includes migrants from Southern Africa, who number around 200 residents and consist mainly of Africans of European origin.[2]

About half of Africans on Hong Kong live in Yuen Long.[1] Another concentration of Africans is in Chungking Mansions on Nathan Road in Kowloon's Tsim Sha Tsui district. Many Africans in Hong Kong are traders, who sell mobile phones and electronic devices for export markets at shops in Chungking Mansions.[3]

Drug trafficking

As part of a series of anti-drug arrests in 2015, over 40 Gambians were arrested in Hong Kong on charges of drug trafficking and working without a permit in May.[4] By July, the Hong Kong Police Force declared success in its anti-drug campaign with Mark Ford-McNicol, the Assistant District Commander for the Central vice squad declaring to the media, "The blatant drug trafficking in Lan Kwai Fong has been eradicated.... We’ve more or less cleared Lan Kwai Fong of the African guys that were doing it."[5]

See also


  1. ^ a b c "Is Hong Kong racist?". South China Morning Post. 21 July 2018.
  2. ^ Bodomo, Adams. Africans in China. Cambria Press. p. 37. ISBN 1621968189. Retrieved 20 May 2015.
  3. ^ "A one-stop shop in Hong Kong for African traders with China", BBC News, 11 October 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2013.
  4. ^ "40 Gambians Detained in Hong Kong Over Drug Trafficking, Work Permit". The Voice. 23 May 2015. Archived from the original on 5 September 2015. Retrieved 6 September 2015.
  5. ^ "Hong Kong Vice Squad Claims Drug Dealing 'Eradicated' From LKF". Coconuts Hong Kong. 13 July 2015.