Immigration Law

An NPC interpretation is not the answer to Hong Kong's immigration problems

An NPC interpretation is not the answer to Hong Kong's immigration problems

Eleven years after the unanimous Court of Final Appeal decision in the Chong Fung-yuen case granting Hong Kong residency to children born in Hong Kong of mainland parents, and more than 196,000 such births later, the government has made its most comprehensive move yet to

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Troupe brings the message directly from mainland migrant workers

Few songs have been written addressing the issues of China's 200 million migrant workers, and among them even fewer still have been written by migrant workers themselves.

28 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

National education course should have nothing to do with indoctrination

There has been a great deal of debate about implementation of a national education course in our schools.

Sceptics have argued that such a subject could become one-sided, with an attempt made to implant in students knowledge and attitudes that take a perspective that favours the central government.

25 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Ban on group petitioning withdrawn

Shenzhen's housing bureau withdrew a controversial ban on group petitioning for unpaid wages by migrant workers, Xinhuanet reported. The ban, announced last week, prohibited such petitions ahead of the Universiade Games in August. Critics said migrant workers' rights should not be undermined and questioned whether group petitioning fell under the bureau's ambit.

10 May 2011 - 12:00am

Broader controls

For the first time, Beijing is mulling the introduction of an immigration law. It is a historic step. Traditionally, the mainland has been a huge source of economic migrants to other nations. Now, according to the experts advising the government on the new law, China's buoyant economy means it has become increasingly attractive to foreigners since the onset of the global financial crisis.

7 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Factory Girls

Factory Girls by Leslie Chang Pan, HK$117

2 May 2010 - 12:00am

Immigration law row

The state of Arizona wants to change its immigration laws. It wants policemen to be responsible for finding illegal immigrants. This used to be done by the US government immigration police. Critics say the move will lead to racial profiling. Some compared it to Nazi Germany where soldiers would ask people on the streets to show their papers.

30 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

'Little Bird' becomes a big help for migrants far and wide

Ten years ago, Wei Wei set up a telephone hotline to help migrant workers just like him. The 'Little Bird' hotline now has centres from Shenzhen to Shenyang and has received 170,000 calls from migrant workers.

Who were you before you set up the hotline?

9 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

Suspected IIs arrested in Sai Kung

Sixteen suspected illegal immigrants from South Asia have been arrested in the Sai Kung area, police say. Police, including marine officers, stopped the men, aged 18 to 40, in and around Luk Wu at about 11am yesterday, shortly after they landed. They were handed over to the Immigration Department. One man was taken to hospital last night with minor injuries.

8 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

Wealth 'relevant factor' in damages

Asylum seekers' claim for costs challenged

People with money and a home might deserve more compensation for losing their freedom than people who live in poverty, a government lawyer suggested yesterday.

6 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

Migrants need help to tap their ambitions

There is no doubting the challenges the economic downturn is posing for the mainland. In the past 11 months, 760,000 small and medium-sized businesses have shut down, causing 7 million jobless migrant workers to flood back to their rural homes from the industrialised eastern provinces. Some have returned to find that they no longer have land to farm.

6 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

Nervous days ahead for the Big Apple's unofficial workforce

New York

For many of the 38 million immigrants living in the US, 2007 was a tough year. Congress unexpectedly failed to pass comprehensive immigration reform, immigration application fees soared more than 60 per cent, and waiting times for getting a green card or becoming a citizen grew longer than ever.

1 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Million illegal workers no longer face jail and a caning

The government's decision to let illegal migrants leave Malaysia upon payment of a fine, rather than jailing and caning them before they are deported, will benefit some 1 million illegal workers in the country.

13 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

A new pathway for immigrants

The European Commission is talking sense on immigration. Last week, Franco Frattini, the justice commissioner, said that Europe must relax its controls and open the door to an extra 20 million workers over the next two decades. His argument flies in the face of received political wisdom.

21 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Migrant workers left with little to celebrate

As Malaysia celebrates its 50th independence anniversary today, it is caught in a widening diplomatic row over its treatment of Indonesian workers who make up nearly half of its 3 million migrant workers.

31 Aug 2007 - 12:00am