A sharp drop in the number of foreigners cleared to work in Hong Kong this year appears to reflect the scarcity of jobs in a stricken economy rather than moves by countries such as the United States and Australia to discourage their citizens from travelling to the city.The latest statistics from the Immigration Department show that Hong Kong issued 11,474 work visas from January to September, down from 31,293 over the same period last year.Only 1,077 went to American citizens, about a third of…



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