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  • Nov 27, 2014
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Foreigners who lost 3m euros or more in Cypriot bailout to get passports

Foreigners with bank deposits in Cyprus who lost at least €3 million (HK$30 million) under the European Union bailout would be given passports, President Nicos Anastasiades said. Non-resident investors who held such deposits before the bailout would be eligible to apply for Cypriot citizenship, which brought with it an EU passport, Anastasiades said.

Tuesday, 16 April, 2013, 5:00am

Spirit of adventure can guide hukou reform

In Wen Jiabao's government work report, the theme of urbanisation again featured prominently. China has achieved an urbanisation rate of above 51 per cent. However, as at least 16 per cent (more than 200 million people) of the total population, such as migrant workers, are not registered in their city of abode, they lack full access to key public services including health care and education.

9 Mar 2013 - 2:31am

Basic Law Institute to seek access to classified pre-handover UK papers on right of abode

The head of the Basic Law Institute will fly to London in April to lobby members of parliament to disclose classified documents he says could shed light on Hong Kong's right of abode laws.

21 Jan 2013 - 10:22am 1 comment

Agency offers to beat 'zero birth' ban for mainland mums

Mainland agencies who help pregnant women from across the border to reserve maternity bed spaces in Hong Kong claim they will still be able to do so after the "zero-birth quota" comes into effect at midnight tonight, a South China Morning Post investigation has found.

31 Dec 2012 - 4:51pm

Increase in number of domestic helpers applying for right of abode

More than 1,000 foreign domestic helpers have applied for permanent identity cards since a court ruled in September last year that a law preventing them from applying for right of abode was unconstitutional - a decision later overturned by a higher court.

23 Dec 2012 - 4:55am 3 comments

Figures reveal thousands from ethnic minorities have won naturalisation

Despite a rash of complaints that Hong Kong's ethnic minorities are being discriminated against when they try to become naturalised Chinese citizens, new official figures reveal that thousands of Pakistanis, Indonesians, Indians, Vietnamese and Filipinos have been granted the status.

16 Dec 2012 - 4:40am 3 comments

Catering guru Zhang quits post as adviser over foreign passport

Mainland restaurateur Zhang Lan has submitted her resignation as a political adviser to Beijing's Chaoyang district after reports that she had obtained a foreign passport sparked renewed public fury over the rising number of wealthy emigrants.

29 Nov 2012 - 4:41am

Clear, consistent policy on naturalisation needed

Members of ethnic minorities in Hong Kong have long complained about their problems in applying for Chinese nationality. The story of Maggie Cheung, a Hong Kong-born Pakistani adopted by a Chinese family, is yet another example. After years of struggle, the 24-year-old successfully changed her status from "stateless" to a Chinese national.

25 Nov 2012 - 4:08am

Resentment stirs online after catering guru gives up Chinese citizenship

The recent revelation that catering guru Zhang Lan gave up her Chinese citizenship has sparked heated public discussion about the nation's rich fleeing China.

23 Nov 2012 - 3:13am

Hong Kong-born adoptee wins fight for Chinese nationality

Maggie Cheung was born in Hong Kong, her parents are Hongkongers, she speaks perfect Cantonese, holds a Hong Kong identity card and a Chinese home return permit, but it took media pressure for the government to grant her Chinese nationality.

18 Nov 2012 - 2:18pm 39 comments

Citizenship denials shame Hong Kong

There have been several media reports recently about ethnic minorities who have lived in Hong Kong for many years seeing their applications to become naturalised Chinese citizens denied.

22 Oct 2012 - 5:42am

Apple co-founder wants to become Australian citizen

American Steve Wozniak, who co-founded Apple with the late Steve Jobs, yesterday described his fondness for Australia and said his efforts to become a citizen were already under way.

26 Sep 2012 - 5:05am

France furious over top tycoon Bernard Arnault's plan to seek Belgian citizenship

When France's richest person, LVMH's billionaire head Bernard Arnault, announced his decision to seek dual Belgian citizenship just as his homeland was about to introduce tough taxes on the rich, the comments he received were scathing.

"Get lost, rich jerk," opined France's left-leaning Liberation daily in a front-page headline.

16 Sep 2012 - 4:13am

Briefs, September 12, 2012

Defence minister escapes bomb attack

SANAA - Yemen's defence minister, Major General Muhammad Nasir Ahmad, escaped a car bomb attack on his motorcade that killed at least 12 other people, a day after the government said it had killed the regional al-Qaeda branch's number two. Seven security guards and five civilians were killed and 12 others were wounded. Reuters

12 Sep 2012 - 3:54am