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  • Sep 21, 2014
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Expat numbers don't add up

Hong Kong may have always been an immigrant society, but our government has repeatedly said it's a difficult task to keep track of the flows of people in and out of the city.

Saturday, 22 April, 2006, 12:00am

Good value

There has been a lot of talk lately that the Hong Kong government is making life more difficult for expatriates by not allowing their spouses to work and making it harder to get permanent residency.

I do not see a problem regarding the latter. The only advantage in becoming a permanent resident is that you are able to pass through immigration faster.

12 Sep 2003 - 12:00am


I refer to the report by 'Name and Address Supplied' headlined 'Maids are well paid' (South China Morning Post, January 15) and all the other letters I have read in these columns expressing the same opinion.

Maids may well be better paid in Hong Kong than anywhere else in the region, but compared to their employers and other expatriates they earn a pittance.

23 Jan 2003 - 12:00am

NET position is no different to that of other expats . . .

Your correspondent John Chun Ping-jang's letter ('Why NETs are unnecessary', Education Post, February 2) deserves an immediate reply. There is a lively debate as to whether native or non-native speakers make the best teachers of a second language. On a number of practical points, however, Mr Chun's letter might mislead your readers.

23 Feb 2002 - 12:00am

Short-term contract expats dominate market demand

Despite signs that increasing numbers of local residents are showing interest in serviced apartments, it still remains a market dominated by expatriates from around the world.

24 Oct 2001 - 12:00am

Expat influx would only be short-term solution

I refer to the report headlined 'Language edge lost as expat officers go'(Sunday Morning Post, August 26).

Allan Roger, the president of the Association of Expatriate Civil Servants, says English-language standards have declined as expatriate civil servant numbers have 'hit a record low'.

2 Sep 2001 - 12:00am

Language edge lost as expat officers go

The Government has been accused of presiding over a decline in the English language after it emerged expatriate civil servant numbers have hit a record low.

Allan Roger, president of the Association of Expatriate Civil Servants, spoke out after figures obtained by the Sunday Morning Post showed only 563 'non-local officers' remain - down from 1,249 at the handover.

26 Aug 2001 - 12:00am

Expat civil servant numbers fall

The number of civil servants on expatriate terms dwindled from 1,807 in 1995 to 778 in April this year, while the number of local officers grew from 178,165 to 188,011.

4 Oct 1999 - 12:00am

Expat benefits suffer in downturn as mainland seen less of a hardship

The regional economic downturn has brought the cost of expatriate benefits for employees in the mainland under closer scrutiny, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC).

6 Apr 1999 - 12:00am

Expat recruitment packages scrapped

Colonial recruitment terms for expatriates were yesterday scrapped by the Government.

The Executive Council endorsed a new package with unified wage and fringe benefits for future local and overseas staff.

The Civil Service Bureau said the new terms were largely based on existing local terms, with 'modernised' provisions on leave calculation and accumulation.

30 Sep 1998 - 12:00am