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  1. Foreign helpers know right from the start they will not get right of abode

    Posted Aug 07th 2011, 12:00am

    ... but isn't it unconvincing when they know right from the start that their stay will not be counted towards permanent residence? There is no question of racism here. Any nationality be it Filipino ...

  2. Wild talk over abode rights for maids reveals our prejudice

    Posted Aug 03rd 2011, 12:00am

    ... dangerous aliens, worrying that if they were granted right of abode there would be a huge stampede and the city would be unable to cope with a sudden influx. The court eventually granted them the right of abode, but the prediction of a stampede did not come true. More than 10 years on, many Hongkongers still haven't learned their lesson from that experience. Starry Lee Wai-king, ...

  3. Beijing may be asked to rule on right of abode

    Posted Jul 27th 2011, 12:00am

    ... The first of three cases claiming Hong Kong right of abode for overseas domestic helpers won't go to the Court of First Instance until next month. Yet already some interested parties ... Hong Kong'. Mark Daly, human rights lawyer and solicitor for Vallejos, said he would argue that the immigration provision was unconstitutional, because it meant helpers could never become ...

  4. HK must seek Beijing ruling on right of abode for maids, Ip says

    Posted Oct 03rd 2011, 12:00am

    ... Peter So peter.so@scmp.com The government should seek a central government interpretation of the Basic Law over the right of abode ruling concerning foreign domestic workers, lawmaker ... it would appeal and that officials would ask for the court's permission to suspend the processing and approval of all right-of-abode applications filed by domestic helpers in the meantime. ...

  5. A city divided on right of abode

    Posted Oct 01st 2011, 12:00am

    ... Martin Wong martin.wong@scmp.com The landmark right-of-abode case for domestic helpers has split the city into two differing camps that include not only Hongkongers but the helpers ... Indonesia in 1989, takes a different view. 'I will definitely apply for the right of abode and I will try to find a job here if I can become a permanent resident,' she said. Now earning ...

  6. 'There will be chaos' if helpers win abode rights

    Posted Aug 17th 2011, 12:00am

    ... in the High Court for the right of abode, which other immigrants can get after seven years in Hong Kong. The plaintiffs in three judicial reviews want the court to declare that the rule denying ... the right of abode,' Law said. He noted helpers in the city were paid better than elsewhere in Asia. Association committee member Josephine Ong said denying helpers permanent residency ...

  7. Right-of-abode saga needs a fitting end

    Posted Jun 17th 2011, 12:00am

    ... It is ironic that the story of split families fighting to settle in Hong Kong continues to make headlines now that the height of the controversy over the right of abode is a distant ... in the application process is acting as a barrier. Twelve years ago, officials warned a controversial right-of-abode ruling by our city's top court could see 1.67 million mainlanders flooding in. ...

  8. Quality of work is beside the point in right of abode for domestic helpers

    Posted Aug 18th 2011, 12:00am

    ... However, the problem we now face is a socio-economic one, as immigration control usually is. It is internationally accepted that all jurisdictions have the right to control the flow of people ... the right to permanent residence. Hong Kong now faces a crisis. There is a possibility that 125,000 foreign domestic helpers who have been in Hong Kong for at least seven years can apply ...

  9. Born two weeks too early to get right of abode

    Posted Feb 05th 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... card before November 1, 2001, are eligible to apply for right of abode. Tsoi turned 14 two weeks before her father obtained a Hong Kong identity card in 1985 so she doesn't qualify. Her case showed that the new immigration arrangement solved only part of the problem of split families, said Jackie Hung Ling-yu, who has helped right-of-abode claimants for a decade. 'We have ...

  10. Abode issue is strictly HK's affair

    Posted Aug 06th 2011, 12:00am

    ... A court battle over claims by foreign domestic helpers to the right of abode in Hong Kong has not yet begun, but already the government is talking about the possibility of seeking ... on the 1999 right of abode controversy that saw the first such interpretation by the NPC Standing Committee, there seemed to be a general understanding that the government would refrain from taking ...




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