Asylum seekers

New housing help for asylum seekers under fire in Legislative Council

Refugees protest outside the Legislative Council at Admiralty in July last year, saying the city treats them poorly. Photo: Felix Wong

A higher rent allowance of HK$1,500 for foreigners seeking temporary refuge in the city is still far from meeting the subsistence level they need to get by, pan-democratic legislators say.

Monday, 13 January, 2014, 5:41pm 6 comments

Abbott’s plan to buy Indonesian asylum boats slammed as ‘bizarre’

Tony Abbott (right) leads Kevin Rudd in opinion polls. Photo: AFP

The front-running candidate in Australia's election, Tony Abbott, would pay Indonesians for unseaworthy boats to stop them from ending up with people-smugglers, as part of a plan unveiled yesterday.

24 Aug 2013 - 4:37am

Death toll hits 15 from Australia-bound asylum boat

A police officer carries an unconscious child from the boat that capsized after hitting a reef off the coast of Sukapura, in Cianjur. Photo: Reuters

The death toll after a boat carrying some 200 asylum-seekers bound for Australia capsized has risen to 15, rescuers said on Friday, adding they did not know if any passengers were still missing.

26 Jul 2013 - 11:25am

Manus Island rape report horrific, says Australian minister

An asylum seeker boarding a plane at Momote airport, Manus Island, Papua New Guinea. Photo: EPA

Australian immigration minister Tony Burke yesterday described as horrific explosive claims that asylum seekers at one of its processing camps in Papua New Guinea are being raped and tortured.

25 Jul 2013 - 1:39am 1 comment

Rape, torture claims at Australian asylum-seeker camp

Police officers on Wednesday keep vigil as demonstrators shout slogans against the government's new policy of resettling refugees in Papua New Guinea as the ruling Labor party attended a caucus meeting in Sydney. Photo: AFP

Australian Immigration Minister Tony Burke on Wednesday described as “horrific” explosive claims that asylum-seekers at one of its processing camps in Papua New Guinea are being raped and tortured.

24 Jul 2013 - 12:34pm

Asylum seekers in Australia-bound boat perish off Indonesia

Rescuers help survivor back to land in Cidaun, West Java. Photo: AFP

Asylum seekers aboard an ill-fated Australia-bound vessel that sank in Indonesian waters swam for their lives in pitch darkness in an incident that left at least seven dead and dozens missing.

25 Jul 2013 - 3:16am 1 comment

Packed boat capsizes near remote Australian island

Commander of Border Protection Command, Rear Admiral David Johnston, Royal Australian Navy (right) and Home Affairs Minister Jason Clare, speak to the media during a press conference in Sydney on Wednesday. Photo: AFP

A boat carrying around 150 asylum seekers capsized in the Indian Ocean, spilling men, women and infants into rough waters and killing four people, Australian officials said on Wednesday.

The boat rolled over Tuesday in choppy seas 125km north of Christmas Island, Home Affairs Minister Jason Clare told reporters. The Australian island is 500km south of Jakarta, Indonesia.

17 Jul 2013 - 4:07pm

More refugees get medical bills waived

Medical fee waivers given to the city's asylum seekers are on the rise.

The number of torture claimants and asylum seekers granted waivers of non-emergency medical fees by the Hospital Authority has soared threefold in the past four financial years to at least HK$40.8 million.

13 Jun 2013 - 5:05am

Asylum seekers can't afford to fall ill in Hong Kong

For Habibur Rahman (in yellow) and his children, John (in black), and Mohamed Sultan (in white), falling ill here will leave them reeling from their medical bills. Photo: May Tse

Ailing asylum seekers and torture claimants still appealing against their unsuccessful applications to remain in the city say they are turning to hospital emergency services because they cannot get a waiver of their medical fees.

13 Jun 2013 - 5:05am

Do not misrepresent refugees

Files of asylum seekers in UNHCR's office at Jordan. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

Unfortunately, Victor Fung Keung, in his article "Blame the British colonial legacy for Hong Kong's racial intolerance" (June 4), fails to elaborate his argument adequately enough to prove the link between colonial rule and high levels of racial intolerance in Hong Kong.

10 Jun 2013 - 3:35am 1 comment

Asylum seeker fights Education Bureau's ban on son attending kindergarten

The boy's father says his son cannot legally be denied access to education. Photo: David Wong

The boy's 34-year-old father, who comes from Sri Lanka, says he is a torture victim and that the boy and his Indonesian mother are in the process of seeking refugee status.

9 Jun 2013 - 8:26am

Bangladeshi refugees' 'unliveable conditions' appals activists

Bangladeshi refugee Ali endures the refugee compound in Ping Che, in the New Territories, saying the people there are 'treated like animals'. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

Twelve Bangladeshi asylum seekers are enduring "unliveable conditions" in Ping Che that should shock the government into doing more for a community excluded from society, local human rights activists say.

19 May 2013 - 4:45pm 3 comments

Indonesia jails Australian, Pakistani people smugglers

A group of Pakistani and Afghan asylum seekers arrive aboard an Indonesian police boat in the port of Banten in October. Photo: AFP

An Indonesian court jailed an Australian and a Pakistani for six years each after the men were caught organising an asylum-seeker boat to Australia, their lawyer said on Wednesday.

Ali Qaseem, a 57-year-old from Sydney described by prosecutors as part of an “international people-smuggling network”, and Pakistani Sadaat Ali were also fined 500 million rupiah (HK$400,000) each.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Asylum seekers want better screening from Immigration Department

Hundreds of asylum seekers and torture claimants marched from Central to the Immigration Tower in Wan Chai yesterday to protest against what they see as the government’s failed screening process. Photo: May Tse

Banging African drums and chanting words such as "justice", hundreds of asylum seekers and torture claimants marched from Central to Immigration Tower in Wan Chai yesterday to protest over what they say is the government's failed screening process.

29 Apr 2013 - 12:15pm 1 comment

Asylum seekers recruited to sell cocaine to nightclubbers, say police

Asylum seekers have been recruited by drug gangs to sell cocaine in Central's nightclub district. Photo: Nora Tam

Asylum seekers have been recruited by drug gangs to sell cocaine in Central's upmarket nightclub district, police say.

And they are even offering punters a free "line" of the drug that sells for HK$1,500 a gram to prove the quality of their product.

7 Apr 2013 - 8:25am