Youth Trends in Hong Kong
Being a young person today has become more challenging than ever before. Although the youth population is quite spread out throughout Hong Kong, KELY is aware of the importance of always knowing the real issues, the trends and prevalence.
Based on our mapping and reports from the government, the following are trends (categorised into districts) that help inform our work:
- Highest Youth Concentration: Kwun Tong, Yuen Long, Tuen Mun and Wong Tai Sin
- Highest Rate of Young Drug Abusers: Yuen Long, the North and Kwun Tong
- Highest Rate of Youth Suicide: Tin Shui Wai
- Highest Rate of Domestic Violence: Yuen Long, Tuen Mun and Kwun Tong
Highest Poverty Rate: Shum Shui Po, Kwun Tong and Wong Tai Sin
Youth and Drug Trends
The following is a map that demonstrates how serious young drug abuse is in Hong Kong. Please click on the map on the left or click here to view it.
Being an anti-drug organisation, KELY’s primary concern is the alarming increase in young drug abusers in Hong Kong. The figures provided by the Hong Kong Central Registry of Drug Abuse (CRDA), show that drug abuse among young people has been steadily climbing with an over 153% increase in the abuse of Ketamine from 2003 to 2008. In was also noted that in the 1st half of 2009, Ketamine was the most common type of psychotropic substance abused (63%), followed by ice (11%) and ecstasy (9%).
Youth and Suicide Trends
KELY is also aware that young suicide is on the rise in the city. Compared with last year, the number of young people aged under the age of 30 who suicide rose by 20% (Coroner’s Report 2009). As this number continues to grow, KELY is aware that it must step up its efforts in helping young people cope with difficulties in their lives.
The above are only two examples of the current issues facing youth in Hong Kong. There are many others which KELY is committed to addressing.