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What Do You Think Of HK’s Low Rating For Raising Children?

SCMP – Updated on Oct 14, 2008

Having recently relocated to Hong Kong with three children under the age of nine, I was very surprised that the article on expatriates raising children in Hong Kong did not even mention air quality (“City rated poorly by expatriate parents”, October 9).

The number one issue we have faced since moving our children to the city is the air pollution.

Having moved from Australia, most people we talked to back home cited air pollution as the main reason they would not consider moving to Hong Kong regardless of the salary or opportunities on offer. The air and water pollution has turned out to be a much bigger issue than we imagined and would be the main reason for returning home.

The second issue is the cost of schooling and quality of food.

Last, outside play would be a consideration.

Danni Harnett, Pok Fu Lam

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