asylum seekers

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 19 November, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 19 November, 2009, 12:00am

Reading comprehension

Answer the following questions

1 What law did a group of amnesty seekers protest against?

a. One that stops their children born in Hong Kong seeking right of abode

b. One that prohibits them from taking jobs in Hong Kong

c. One that demands fees from them for seeking amnesty in Hong Kong

d. One that sends them back to their home countries upon arrival in Hong Kong

2 According to Mohammad Umar, why do the protesters not want to go back to their home countries?

a. Their homes will not have them back

b. Their families are in Hong Kong and they want to stay with them

c. They want to evade tax from their home countries

d. There are political upheavals and widespread violence in their home countries

3 Why do some of them say they have been here for years?

a. The Immigration Department has failed to handle their claims involving torture promptly

b. They have to complete their work contracts here

c. The United Nations refuses to relocate them to a third country, such as Canada

d. No third country will accept them and they cannot go home, leaving them stranded in Hong Kong with no employment

4 According to legislator Margaret Ng Ngoi-yee, why won't the new law solve the problem of amnesty seekers working in Hong Kong in the long term?

a. The new law will encourage more asylum seekers to come to Hong Kong.

b. The asylum seekers can find jobs on the black market.

c. The new law will simply lead to more legal proceedings in Hong Kong by asylum seekers.

d. Law enforcement agencies will find it hard it to enforce.

Think about

1 Do you think people entering Hong Kong without a valid travel document should have the right to work? Who will lose out if they take jobs here?

2 Why are asylum seekers willing to leave their countries and settle in a new home?

3 Should Hong Kong help those who have been tortured in their countries? What kind of help should we give?

4 Do you think the new law can help reduce the influx of asylum seekers?

Follow-up activities

1 Look for news from Pakistan, Sri Lanka and other South Asian countries and think about why people have been forced to leave.

2 Hong Kong was a favoured destination for Vietnamese asylum seekers, also known as 'boat people', in the 1980s. Find out how Hong Kong dealt with the situation then and what its general policy on asylum seekers is.


November 12

Reading comprehension: 1.e, 2. b, 3. c, 4. a, c, d. 5. c, a, b