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  1. Who should pay?

    Posted Mar 16th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The United Nations' refugee agency, the UNHCR, will stop funding asylum-seekers in Hong Kong from May, because of worldwide cuts in funding. Is it up to Hong Kong to pay the bill? Share your views. Write to us. ...

  2. UN body to cease aid for asylum seekers

    Posted Mar 15th 2006, 12:00am by Norma Connolly

    ... Norma Connolly and Robin Kwong Reeling from lack of funds, UNHCR urges HK to take over the task The UN's refugee agency will cease funding asylum seekers in Hong Kong from May. ... seekers in the city. The UNHCR supports 80 of the 1,300 asylum seekers awaiting the outcome of their refugee status application. The money they receive is usually equivalent to the welfare ...

  3. $1b UN refugee debt row drags on

    Posted Mar 26th 2005, 12:00am by Ravina Shamdasani

    ... or risk infringing its international obligations. Ms Sokhan, who was in Sudan before moving to Hong Kong last year to head the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) office, said she was amazed ... such an advanced jurisdiction not to have a clear policy and procedure on asylum is surprising.' Hong Kong is one of the few places with no refugee crisis and an advanced legal system where the UNHCR ...

  4. UN accused of depriving refugees of their rights

    Posted Jul 10th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... a seven-month study into the cases of 100 asylum seekers who had approached the local UNHCR office for assistance. According to the society, 91 said they had not been allowed to be accompanied ... the Procedure Standards for Refugee Status Determination under the UNHCR Mandate. Society director Ho Hei-wah said yesterday he had been told by workers at the UN office that a shortage of staff ...

  5. Actor an ambassador of hope for refugees

    Posted Jun 18th 2006, 12:00am by Raymond Ma

    ... to the UNHCR, and hopes to have the Hong Kong Air Cadet Corps- with which he is also involved- host a group of refugee children at a Hong Kong Aviation Club event next month. A charity pizza party ... of May, there were 1,546 asylum seekers in Hong Kong. About 60 per cent are from Asia and 40 per cent from Africa. There were also 124 refugees. In the first five months of the year, the UNHCR ...

  6. Seeking a safe haven in our city

    Posted Feb 25th 2011, 12:00am by Adrian Lo

    ... Nations High Commissioner of Refugees (UNHCR), between 1,000 and 3,000 refugees seek asylum in Hong Kong every year. Most of them come from South and Southeast Asia and Africa. Yet refugees like ... They are not allowed to work and have very limited access to education and medical aid. The UNHCR, meanwhile, may take up to five years to review their applications and grant them refugee status. ...

  7. HK hit by surge in II numbers

    Posted May 18th 2007, 12:00am by Norma Connolly

    ... intercepted by Marine Police this week. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) office also reported a marked rise in asylum seekers registering for refugee status who had entered ... for these people to come to Hong Kong and apply to the UNHCR for refugee status. They stay at houses and it is arranged for them to work.' Choosin Ngaotheppitak, head of the Hong Kong office ...

  8. Two freed as hunger strike continues

    Posted Jul 12th 2006, 12:00am by Norma Connolly

    ... United Nations refugee body of maladministration. The UNHCR regional office in Beijing, which oversees the Hong Kong office, said it was 'unfortunate and inappropriate' that the society had not sought clarification from the refugee organisation before releasing its findings. The UNHCR defended its procedures for dealing with refugee status applications and countered claims ...

  9. Asylum seekers should be treated with compassion

    Posted Mar 17th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... applications and counselling. The office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees says its hand has been forced by a cut in its own budget. But the UNHCR has not cut funding to all nations to which ... the cash-starved UNHCR to shoulder the task. While China has ratified the UN convention on refugees, the treaty has not been extended to Hong Kong, so asylum seekers are essentially considered illegal ...

  10. Asylum seekers deserve humane treatment

    Posted Sep 20th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Kong has effectively washed its hands of the responsibility and has left the cash-starved United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to shoulder the task. While the UNHCR is investigating ... essentials. Families are given accommodation, but limited UNHCR resources mean it is often a small, squalid room. Throughout the process, asylum seekers live outside Hong Kong society, unable ...




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