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Hong Kongers rush to learn new skills ahead of life abroad

Lau Chun-yu (centre L), co-founder of Renobro, teaches caulking skills to students taking a home-repair class in Hong Kong — he said he hadn’t expected so many people would be emigrating.

HONG KONG: Inside the bowels of a Hong Kong industrial building, Eric Pun was among two dozen people crammed into a classroom learning to drill holes — acquiring a new set of skills before heading abroad.

Savvy businesses have started offering crash courses in subjects like home repair and hairdressing, capitalising on a wave of people departing Hong Kong as China cracks down on dissent and strict pandemic rules upend the economy.

For Pun, a 35-year-old nurse emigrating to Australia with his family, taking the home repair class…

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