New Immigrants in Hong Kong

Volunteer inspired to help more newly arrived migrant families

Volunteer Tiffany Lau with one of the new arrivals she is helping. Photo: Nora Tam

Tiffany Lau Nga-yee did not know what to think when she began volunteering last year for Against Child Abuse's programme to help newly arrived families adjust to life in Hong Kong.

Sunday, 26 May, 2013, 8:18am

Exco's Franklin Lam backs off suing Apple Daily

Franklin Lam Fan-keung. Photo: Edward Wong

Executive Councillor Franklin Lam Fan-keung has decided not to sue Apple Daily for an article that said he was biased against migrants - a claim the paper has admitted was untrue.

21 Jan 2013 - 4:59am

Mainland mothers jailed for subterfuge

Two mainland mothers were jailed for five months after one of them held the other's newborn baby to cover up her seven-month pregnancy to evade border controls aimed at stemming the influx of pregnant mainlanders into Hong Kong.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:07pm

Father of baby born at border is jailed

A baby was born while his mainland parents were being interrogated at the Lok Ma Chau border checkpoint, a court was told yesterday.

But while the child will get the Hong Kong identity card his parents craved, his father will spend a year in prison after admitting attempting to evade border controls aimed at stemming the influx of pregnant mainlanders into the city.

15 Aug 2012 - 10:58pm

'Amend HK law to deny babies abode'

A mainland legal expert has called for 'creative methods' to address Hongkongers' disquiet about the granting of Hong Kong residency to babies born in the city to mainland parents.

19 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

More pregnant women going into hiding

The number of pregnant mainland women in hiding and risking a dangerous last-minute delivery is rapidly rising, the new security chief told a Legislative Council panel yesterday.

The Immigration Department prosecuted 54 overstaying mothers in May, compared with 29 in January.

5 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Enduring identity crisis a challenge to resolve

Fifteen years after the handover, as a generation that never knew colonial rule grows up, Hong Kong people still face an identity crisis over their relationship with the Chinese nation.

Are you a Hong Kong citizen first or a Chinese citizen? Or something in between?

29 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Immigration proposal sparks debate

An academic's controversial proposal to allow mainland parents of Hong Kong-born babies into the city to boost the local workforce has renewed debate over the government's say in who can immigrate under the one-way permit scheme.

26 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

After 23 years, Hong Kong remembers


A sea of candles lit up Victoria Park earlier this month as a record number of mourners gave public voice to their grief. It is China's only large-scale event to remember those killed in the June 4, 1989, Tiananmen Square crackdown in Beijing.

Organisers say 180,000 people took part in the vigil, but police put the number at 85,000.

12 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Concession to mainland mums

Mainland women whose husbands are Hongkongers but don't yet have permanent residency are now allowed to give birth in the city's private hospitals.

They qualify if their husbands entered the city on a one-way permit, the Food and Health Bureau said yesterday. Previously, their husbands needed to be permanent residents.

9 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

SCMP Debate

One of the most controversial topics in Hong Kong today is the large number of mainland women who come to the city to give birth. Hoping to stem the tide, incoming chief executive Leung Chun-ying has proposed a 'zero' quota to stop pregnant mainland women who do not have Hong Kong husbands from giving birth here.

28 May 2012 - 12:00am

Charges double for non-locals' A&E births

Public hospitals are to charge HK$90,000 for last-minute deliveries of babies by non-local mothers in accident and emergency wards from today. Critics said the price increase alone would not deter mainland women from giving birth in the city to gain the right of abode for their children.

12 May 2012 - 12:00am

Cross-border couples win births relief

Extra beds will be provided at private hospitals this year for pregnant mainlanders married to Hong Kong men as part of a long-awaited government policy to differentiate them from mainland couples.

The health minister said yesterday that the Department of Health would issue additional delivery quotas to private hospitals serving this group of women as necessary.

26 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

No room in the class

The mainland authorities have pledged to work closely with the Hong Kong government to solve problems raised by mainlanders overloading the city's medical and education systems. But the Shenzhen government seems to be unwilling to co-operate.

4 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Non-residents can be charged more

The Court of Final Appeal ruled yesterday that the government is justified in charging mainland women married to Hongkongers more to give birth in public hospitals than it charges local women.

3 Apr 2012 - 12:00am