No reason to cut quota of mainland immigrants: Lai Tung-kwok

Lai Tung-kwok, Secretary for Security, attends a Q&A session at the Legislative Council, Tamar in June. Photo: SCMP Pictures

There is "no justification" to change the 150-a-day quota for mainlanders to come and live with their families in Hong Kong or the means of choosing them, the security minister says.

Tuesday, 17 September, 2013, 7:20am 17 comments

Australia’s growth solution - more Australians

An influx of 250,000 migrants a year into Australia is underpinning demand for everything from homes to cars, schools and hospitals. Photo: Reuters

For a modern developed nation, Australia is taking a less-travelled path to prosperity. It wants more Australians.

An overlooked aspect of the Pacific nation’s economic outperformance has been the ability to attract a quarter of a million migrants every year, underpinning demand for everything from homes to cars, schools and hospitals.

4 Jul 2013 - 1:32pm

US Senate passes comprehensive immigration reform

Joe Biden. Photo: AP

In a vote hailed by US President Barack Obama, the Senate on Thursday passed comprehensive immigration reform that would put 11 million undocumented people on a path to earning citizenship.

28 Jun 2013 - 10:35am

Britain plans HK$35,900 visa bonds for 'high-risk' Asians, Africans

Travellers queue to be processed by UK Border Agency immigration control officers at Heathrow Airport. Photo: Reuters

From November, visitors from countries including India, Pakistan, Nigeria, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Ghana will be forced to hand over £3,000 (US$4,600)  for a six-month visit visa.

23 Jun 2013 - 12:10pm

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

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

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.

2 Jun 2013 - 6:03am 5 comments

Segregation cited as root of riots in immigrant areas of Stockholm

Cars burn in the Stockholm suburb of Rinkeby on Wednesday after youths rioted for the fourth night in a row. Photo: EPA

Sweden has long been a bastion of generous social welfare and an egalitarian political culture. So many people were shocked when scores of youths hurled rocks at police and set cars ablaze during rioting in several largely immigrant areas near Stockholm this week.

25 May 2013 - 4:21am

Refugees and migrants face rising dangers

Refugees from Libya talk to German police officers as they stage a protest in front of the city hall in Hamburg, northern Germany on Wednesday to raise awareness of their current living conditions. Photo: AFP

Amnesty International said on Thursday millions of people who have fled conflict or persecution, and migrants who have left home in search of work, have suffered abuses at the hands of state authorities or employers.

23 May 2013 - 2:54pm

Time to remind the world our doors are open to all

Hong Kong must make it easier for skilled professionals of all races to settle here. Photo: Thomas Yau

Last week, Max Fisher of The Washington Post produced an article on the world's most and least racially tolerant places. It claimed Hong Kong was ranked as one of the world's most intolerant, with 71.8 per cent of respondents saying they would not want someone of another race as a neighbour.

22 May 2013 - 2:53am

The ins and outs of getting a US green card

A US official adjusts Chinese and US flags before a trade meeting. China is a top recipient of US student and work visas .Photo: AFP

Although many families are prospering in China today, immigration statistics suggest the US continues to lure away mainland professionals and entrepreneurs.

21 May 2013 - 11:54am

First official Bangladeshi maids arrive in Hong Kong

Domestic helpers Sefali Akter (left) and her daughter Mowsami pose for a picture after arriving in Hong Kong. Photo: Edward Wong

The arrival of the 11 women, who will begin working tomorrow after a two-day orientation, marks the beginning of the official importation of maids from the country, which it is hoped will ease a shortage of domestic workers in Hong Kong.

12 May 2013 - 6:05am 7 comments

To dream the un-Chinese dream

China's President Xi Jinping. Photo: AP

It's either a sad reflection on today's China or an example of its increasing freedom of movement, but a growing number of Chinese plan to leave the country. That's their dream - to start a new life in Australia, Canada, or best of all the US. Even some African countries and tiny Hong Kong will do as a stepping stone to the West.

9 May 2013 - 4:45am 7 comments

Immigration stand on Filipino mother misconceived, appeal judges say

Justice Andrew Cheung Kui-nung

The Court of Appeal has quashed a 2010 immigration decision rejecting a foreigner's plea to remain in the city to look after her young child, who is a permanent resident.

3 May 2013 - 5:40am 1 comment

British eurosceptics caught in race storm

Nigel Farage. Photo: Reuters

Britain’s anti-European and anti-immigration UK Independence Party faced a growing racism storm on Tuesday ahead of local elections seen as a test of its ability to take seats off Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservatives.

30 Apr 2013 - 7:00pm

Ethnic minorities make joint application for Chinese citizenship

Ethnic minority residents speak to the press before heading to the Immigration Tower as a group yesterday. Photo: Felix Wong

Five members of ethnic minorities who call Hong Kong their home collectively applied for Chinese citizenship at the Immigration Tower yesterday, fearing they would be pressured to drop their applications if they went alone.

Their fear stemmed from past experiences of applicants who were told not to bother as they had no chance of success.

12 May 2013 - 1:49pm

Kitchee angry over India treatment of British-born Pakistani Zesh Rehman

Zesh Rehman

Zesh Rehman, a British-born Pakistani, eventually got clearance to join his teammates for the group E match, after what he describe on Twitter as "the longest 24 hours ever". He added: "Finally all the paper work sorted to stay in India 4 the match on Wednesday".

24 Apr 2013 - 5:58am