Housing restrictions will not be relaxed for mainland migrants despite an imminent influx in the wake of the right of abode ruling by the Court of Final Appeal, a senior official said. Secretary for Housing Dominic Wong Shing-wah said he hoped the new arrivals would find flats before crossing the border. He said public housing would continue to be allocated to households having half of the members being permanent residents. 'We've got to be very careful about this, especially when more and more mainland children will come over to Hong Kong. We should not relax many of our policies because of this,' he said. Mr Wong said permanent residents would still have priority to apply for public and subsidised housing. He hoped eligible migrants would stay with their Hong Kong relatives or secure housing before arriving. We hope no additional resources will be required,' he said. 'We don't want our policy and the present housing arrangements for the public to be disrupted'. But he pledged to provide flats for those who had housing difficulties.