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  • Sep 22, 2014
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United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

UN body to cease aid for asylum seekers

Reeling from lack of funds, UNHCR urges HK to take over the task

The UN's refugee agency will cease funding asylum seekers in Hong Kong from May.

Wednesday, 15 March, 2006, 12:00am

Pregnant asylum seeker arrested on ward

A pregnant asylum seeker was arrested and detained with her family after receiving emergency treatment at a public hospital.

20 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Asylum seekers deserve humane treatment

Hong Kong prides itself on being a tolerant and humane society - a place that ensures fair and dignified treatment of all people, regardless of their status, race or nationality.

20 Sep 2005 - 12:00am


The UN High Commissioner for Refugees has asked the Hong Kong government to write off $1.16 billion it is owed for the upkeep of Vietnamese boat people on the grounds that the UNHCR is severely under-funded and that no country is willing to donate funds to a wealthy Hong Kong.

26 May 2003 - 12:00am

Audit body to urge HK to write off refugee debt

The $1.16b the UNHCR owes is all but irrecoverable, it says

The Audit Commission will later this month take up the issue of money the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees is said to owe the Hong Kong government.

23 May 2003 - 12:00am

Writing off an irrecoverable debt

We report today that the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has formally asked the Hong Kong government to nullify a $1.16 billion debt owed by the agency. The money was advanced to the UNHCR from the 1970s to the 1990s when thousands of Vietnamese immigrants passed through detention centres here, on their way to third countries or awaited repatriation back to Vietnam.

22 May 2003 - 12:00am