Russian Federation Law on Refugees

HK a 'hard place' for asylum seekers

The recognition rate of asylum seekers in Hong Kong is unacceptably low compared to Western countries, a local aid group said ahead of World Refugee Day today.

Wednesday, 20 June, 2012, 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

Asylum seekers have tough life in HK, says legislator

People seeking asylum in Hong Kong have been condemned to a harsh life while their claims are assessed, because the government refuses to adopt an asylum policy, it was claimed yesterday.

17 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Refugees are our responsibility, too

Hong Kong is a society built by refugees, most arriving from mainland China during periods of political and social unrest. Throughout its history, this city has generally accepted asylum seekers, providing settlement or temporary protection despite its dense population and small geographical size.

31 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Asylum seekers should be treated with compassion

Asylum seekers in Hong Kong live a precarious existence in a legal limbo while their bid for refugee status is determined, which can take years. It seemed their plight could hardly get any worse. But this will happen from May when the United Nations refugee agency cuts funding for the most vulnerable of about 1,300 asylum seekers in Hong Kong.

17 Mar 2006 - 12:00am