Two youngsters have returned from an international summer conference in Montreal, Canada, with a new awareness of the 'global village'. Cheung Chin, 23, and Wendy Fung Yuen-han, 25, attended the third International Conference for Young Leaders, titled 'Migrations: A World in the Making'. They represented the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups. 'I learned that the indigenous inhabitants of New Zealand - the Maoris - were oppressed by the European immigrants, and that made me aware of the racial discrimination that exists in the world,' Chin said. 'In Hong Kong we are unaware of such problems.' About 70 participants aged 20 to 25 from 30 different countries gathered for nine days in the Quebec Bishops' University last month. They included Africans, Canadians, Europeans, Latin Americans, Malaysians, and Mongolians. Worldwide migration problems were discussed in lectures and workshops. 'I was amazed to find so many reasons for the huge numbers of people migrating around the world,' said Chin, an employee of a legal firm. 'The mass movements could be due to political reasons, racial discrimination, economics, urbanisation and wars. 'We told the conference that in Hong Kong migration problems include Vietnamese refugees and the new immigrants from mainland China,' said Wendy, a social worker. 'Most people are emigrating because of 1997 and the changeover, or to study abroad, or for family reunions,' she added. Both delegates spoke of a representative from Belize whom they met at the conference. 'She complained about the Chinese community's stand-alone attitude in her home country,' Wendy said. 'She said the Chinese there do not integrate with the host community and preferred to remain separate.' Wendy explained to her that many Chinese people find security within their own communities.