China’s Covid Lockdowns Drive Middle-Class Citizens to Go Abroad

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More than two years of border restrictions and a protracted lockdown of Shanghai are prompting some Chinese citizens to contemplate emigration, a prospect once unthinkable for many of them.

The planned departures, many of them by middle- or upper-class residents of Shanghai, China’s most prosperous city, come as the country reaffirms its commitment to a stringent Covid-19 policy that has sharply diverged from the rest of the world.