Refugees in Hong Kong

Asylum seekers 'forced to live in pigeon farm'

Conditions at sites run by ISS have been described by a rights group as "degrading". Photo: Felix Wong

Asylum seekers living in what they liken to a "shanty town'' say they were given a take-it-or-live-on-the-street offer by International Social Service Hong Kong (ISS-HK), which received HK$203 million from the government last year to help house, feed and aid Hong Kong's growing population of dispossessed.

Sunday, 18 August, 2013, 9:56am 25 comments

Hong Kong should help those in refugee limbo

UNHCR's office at Jordan. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

The government has been reluctant to even screen refugee applicants for genuine cases since the ordeal of handling tens of thousands of Vietnamese asylum seekers in the 1980s. They fear that to do so might reopen the floodgates. The job is left to the office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, from whose decisions there is no appeal, and which has limited resources.

6 Apr 2013 - 4:01am 1 comment

Letters to the Editor, March 7, 2013

Safe-driving awards for KMB bus drivers. Photo: Nora Tam

You have quite rightly drawn attention to the plight of recognised refugees who are awaiting resettlement to other countries. The facts make pitiful reading. A comparatively small number of people are involved [132] and a comparatively small amount of money is needed. Recognised refugees receive just HK$500 month. The annual cost is low, yet for the refugees themselves this is a vital lifeline.

13 Mar 2013 - 2:32am 4 comments

Hong Kong should help refugees live in dignity

Hong Kong should help refugees live in dignity

Statistics about the number of refugees in the world tend to be mind-numbing. They do not do justice to their precarious plight. A simple example does it better, such as a letter from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Hong Kong crying poor.

5 Mar 2013 - 6:22am 2 comments

Hong Kong's do-little policy on refugees must end

Expose frustration refugees have with the UNHCR's work in Hong Kong. Photo: David Wong

The government's obdurate refusal to grant any concessions in its treatment of a very small number of legitimate refugees has become a festering wound in its desire for Hong Kong to live up to its "developed nation" status.

1 Jan 2013 - 3:17am 1 comment

Stuck in HK's bureaucratic purgatory

A young African granted refugee status by the United Nations is angry at being denied an education and the right to work in Hong Kong.

Amed (a pseudonym), 23, has been in the city for eight years, but since turning 18, no school has been willing to admit him.

And as a non-permanent resident, he is not allowed to work.

10 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Inmates go on hunger strike

Fears have been voiced over the health of five inmates - all believed to be asylum seekers - who are on a hunger strike at Hong Kong's biggest immigration detention centre.

Some of the men at the Castle Peak Bay Immigration Centre in Tuen Mun had been refusing food for more than a month, said another detainee, who was not taking part.

23 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

HK must sign UN convention now

Hong Kong is a natural draw for people seeking a better life. A healthy, free-wheeling economy, easy access from most parts of the world and a liberal visa regime make an appealing mix for people from all walks of life, their intentions legitimate, lawful or otherwise.

29 May 2011 - 12:00am

120 asylum seekers detained in HK in mid-July

Updated at 5.25pm: One hundred and twenty asylum seekers were detained in Hong Kong in mid-July - with some of them being held in custody for criminal offences, officials revealed on Monday.

As of mid-July, 60 per cent of the 120 were detained for 'overstaying', Deputy-Secretary for Security Grace Lui Kit-yuk said.

31 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

How Hong Kong can help refugees more

On the occasion of World Refugee Day, we draw attention to the world's refugees and pay tribute to their tremendous courage and resilience.

We also reaffirm our commitment to solving refugee problems and consider how Hong Kong can do more to share in this international responsibility.

21 Jun 2003 - 12:00am

Boat people tie up, wander about

A GROUP of asylum-seekers was spotted walking down King's Road yesterday after sailing from Vietnam and through busy Victoria Harbour to tie up at a North Point pier.

Marine Police officials were unable to explain how the group, who sailed into Hong Kong waters on a 2.5-metre wooden boat, went undetected and were only noticed after making it ashore shortly before 5 pm.

3 Sep 1994 - 12:00am

Hope for end to Viet crisis

A RADICAL change in the repatriation policy for the tens of thousands of Vietnamese asylum seekers detained in camps throughout Asia will be introduced at a crucial meeting in Geneva this month.

3 Feb 1994 - 12:00am