• Sat
  • Dec 20, 2014
  • Updated: 8:30pm
NewsHong Kong

Airport becomes last line of defence in fight to keep Chinese mainlanders out of maternity wards

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 02 June, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 02 June, 2013, 6:03am

Hong Kong International Airport has become the new front line in the battle to keep expectant mainland mothers from giving birth in the city.

Last month a mainland couple were so desperate to have their baby in Hong Kong that the man's wife pretended to be Filipino and tried to fool immigration officials at the airport by using a false Philippine passport.

Fong Waiyan and his wife, Fan Yueying, were arrested at Manila's Ninoy Aquino International Airport last month when Hong Kong immigration sent them back to the Philippines after discovering that Fan was using a fake passport.

"The couple left Manila using their Chinese passports. But upon arriving at the Hong Kong airport, Fan pretended to be a Filipino by presenting a fraudulent Philippine passport to the immigration officer," a spokesman for the Philippine immigration authorities said.

"The woman was denied entry due to a dubious immigration departure stamp on her passport and Fong decided to go back with her to Manila."

Fan confessed to using the fake Philippine passport so she could give birth to her second child at a Hong Kong hospital instead of on the mainland. Both were blacklisted and will be deported.


"Fan said they found a website that offers speedy processing of third-country nationality and which they contacted and paid 200,000 yuan [HK$251,000] for making the Philippine passport," the spokesman said.

Since the "zero-birth quota" policy came into effect at the start of this year, the number of pregnant mainland women having emergency deliveries in Hong Kong has dropped significantly. There were just 22 in January and 34 in February. That compares to an average of 150 a month in late 2011, a record year when 43,982 mainland women gave birth in Hong Kong hospitals.

A total of 4,202 pregnant mainlanders without bookings for deliveries at local hospitals have been refused entry by the Immigration Department so far this year. That was more than double the 1,931 women who were stopped in 2011.


For unlimited access to:

SCMP.com SCMP Tablet Edition SCMP Mobile Edition 10-year news archive



This article is now closed to comments

but why do all these mainlanders want to have a HK ID? there are some many posters on SCMP telling me how great China is, how great the CCP is.... also, I keep getting told that HK would be nothing without China's support, and anyway we will be a total failure soon according to some old **** CCP leader... so why is it that mainlanders want to come here so desperately? please help me understand this
Tis a "Catch 22" no one will be able to clearly explain.
There are entire villages in Fujian with little US "citizens" running about not speaking English, babbling in local village dialect, defecating wherever they want, not going to a decent school and having no moral compass, being marginally cared for by grandparents.
One day they'll be able to go back to the US and rejoin the society where they are "citizens" and immediately hook up with New York or West coast triad gangs as low level thugs, prostitutes or drug dealers.
They don't need the id. When Mainlanders come in as a tourist and give birth in HK, the child is eligible for a HK ID since they were born here. This is all about giving their kids a better chance in life, hence the reason so many go to extremes.
But not if they arrive here on a fake Philippine passport. Since they need the Mainland Travel permit to register the birth and prove they are Chinese citizens. Shouldn't it be impossible to get a HK ID when not arriving on a Chinese travel permit?
Shouldn't a baby from Mainland parents who are here on a fake passport be denied the HK ID anyway? How would they claim the ID after giving birth? Their travel permits would be lacking the necessary stamps and entry records to make them stay here legally?


SCMP.com Account