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  1. Twin track on refugees leads many into limbo

    Posted Jun 20th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Lanka, Nepal and Somalia. In contrast to most developed nations, Hong Kong relies on the local office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to determine whether asylum seekers are granted refugee status. This allows them to settle in another country, and many end up in Canada or the United States. Choosin Ngaotheppitak, head of the UNHCR in Hong Kong and Macau, says: ...

  2. Influx of asylum seekers prompts tighter visa rules

    Posted Jul 14th 2006, 12:00am by Norma Connolly

    ... tightened the visa policy after finding claimants were abusing the refugee or torture claimant application procedures. Last month, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) received 200 applications for refugee status from asylum seekers, compared to a monthly average of 30-50 in 2004 and 2005. 'Now there is an average of 160 new arrivals per month [this year],' a UNHCR ...

  3. Lives in limbo

    Posted Jun 20th 2005, 12:00am by Ravina Shamdasani

    ... Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), including internally displaced and stateless persons in more than 150 countries. Head of the Office of the UNHCR in Hong Kong, Monique Sokhan, said many people seemed to have forgotten the territory's history. 'Hong Kong was one of the first UNHCR operations in Asia,' she said. 'The UN secretary-general asked the UNHCR ...

  4. News - Hong Kong - COURTS

    Ban on refugees taking jobs is 'contrary to law', top court hears

    Posted Jan 09th 2014, 03:10am by Thomas Chan

    ... by British barrister David Pannick QC. The Immigration Department has received 3,800 torture claims since December 2009. Just 10 were substantiated. The UNHCR said 3,022 people lodged refugee claims ...

  5. 'Legal aid increases success rate'

    Posted Dec 27th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... (UNHCR). Brian Barbour, executive director of the centre, said its success rate was 46 per cent, compared with 10 per cent for applicants overall. As a non-profit organisation, the centre provides full representation and advisory services to people filling in asylum applications to the UNHCR. 'We screen the case first, then decide whether to provide legal assistance or not,' Mr ...

  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    New screening process for asylum seekers must be fair and open

    Posted Feb 10th 2014, 07:29pm by ALETA MILLER

    ... If they do, the UNHCR will assist them with potential resettlement to a third country. But this can take years. What do they do in the meantime? Will they languish in limbo in Hong Kong, as current ...

  7. News - Asia - BANGKOK

    UN's Navi Pillay urges charges against journalists in Thailand to be dropped

    Posted Dec 27th 2013, 11:02pm by AFP

    ... in the country." Pillay's office in Bangkok has been in touch with the government about the case and the charges filed by the Navy, a UNHCR spokeswoman said. If convicted, the two journalists could ...

  8. News - Asia - ASYLUM SEEKERS

    New Australian premier Abbott's asylum plan needs Indonesian help

    Posted Sep 21st 2013, 12:00am by JEFFREY HUTTON

    ... to the UN's refugee agency (UNHCR). Many seek to continue on to Australia. Local police and other workers might see little reason to impede the onward journeys of the asylum seekers, who mainly come ... A planned panel discussion with foreign journalists that included the IOM, the chief of mission of the UNHCR and the Indonesian government's director general of multilateral affairs ...

  9. Hong Kong should have its own asylum policy, says UN official

    Posted Jul 04th 2005, 12:00am by Ravina Shamdasani

    ... space' in Hong Kong laws to accommodate them. 'We are grateful to the government of Hong Kong for allowing asylum seekers to access the UNHCR office here, but we cannot do the work ... officials usually direct asylum seekers to the UNHCR for refugee status determination but such procedures can take more than a year, leaving the asylum seekers in legal limbo. Ms Lim said the UNHCR ...

  10. News - World - ITALY

    Lampedusa video of naked migrants causes storm of protests in Italy

    Posted Dec 18th 2013, 08:50pm by The Guardian

    ... refugee agency UNHCR, said: "These images cannot leave us indifferent. All the more so because they come after the tragic shipwrecks of October and after the commitments that Italy made ...




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