Delegate urges retention of mainland registration

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 10 March, 2002, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 10 March, 2002, 12:00am

A Hong Kong deputy to China's National People's Congress yesterday proposed that mainland immigrants to the SAR be allowed to retain their census registration on the mainland during their first year in the SAR.

Cheng Yiu-tong said: 'The idea is to allow for immigrants to return to the mainland within that period without losing their benefits as enshrined in their local census registration.'

Mr Cheng, also of the Federation of Trade Unions, said some immigrants might not fit into Hong Kong but find themselves in a 'neither here nor there' situation.

Currently, those travelling to Hong Kong on one-way permits automatically lose their census registration when their permits are granted.

Although some immigrants soon found they wanted to return to the mainland, Mr Cheng said they could not get back their local registration.

Mr Cheng, whose idea has already won the backing of some NPC local deputies, is planning to put forward his proposal to the NPC secretariat.

NPC reports - Page 5