Eight hundred youngsters face going home to the mainland alone after yesterday's ruling. Pressure groups vowed to seek to overturn the judgment, warning that it could spark serious family problems. At least 798 children could be moved back to the mainland, according to the Legal Aid Department. Society for Community Organisation director Ho Hei-wah, who is supporting the children's fight to stay, said the ruling breached the right to live with one's family. Mr Ho branded as 'absurd' a proposal in the verdict that parents could move back to the mainland to live with children while applying to settle them here. 'It demonstrates the court is totally ignorant about the Chinese system. The proposal is no different from asking them to cut ties with friends and relatives here and move to a place where they have no work, no home, and no residency at all,' Mr Ho said. Under Chinese law, a returning emigrant is regarded as a traveller, has to obtain documents to enter the country and is not entitled to government welfare. Mr Ho said: 'These families can hardly stay alive for longer than a week after returning to the mainland.' He said families were determined to overturn the decision. They are allowed 28 days to file an appeal. The Immigration Department promised it would not remove the children pending any appeals. A department spokesman said they would be issued recognisance forms, or so-called 'walk-free permits', to stay temporarily. The department said about 1,500 mainland-born children were holding walk-free permits. A Guangdong Public Security Bureau spokesman urged parents to apply to send their children to Hong Kong through the one-way permit system.