Between 2011 and 2016, the poverty rate for ethnic minorities increased, and is higher than the rate for the general population. The government must act to break the cycle of poverty. Illustration: Craig Stephens

Hong Kong must see its young ethnic minorities as an asset, not a liability

Alfred Chan says with an increasing number of ethnic minority youth born here who are more comfortable with the Chinese language than their parents, Hong Kong should redouble its efforts to remove the obstacles they face in finding employment

Topic |   Ethnic minorities in Hong Kong

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Between 2011 and 2016, the poverty rate for ethnic minorities increased, and is higher than the rate for the general population. The government must act to break the cycle of poverty. Illustration: Craig Stephens
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Alfred C. M. Chan

Alfred C. M. Chan

Professor Alfred C. M. Chan is the chairperson of the Equal Opportunities Commission. He has been both a practitioner in welfare services for older persons and an academic in social gerontology. He was a member of the Hong Kong World Health Organisation Quality of Life Instruments (Elderly) Study Team (2002-6), and a consultant on ageing and social development issues for the United Nations Economics and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (2001-2015).