A two-year-old girl clutches her passport at the Immigration Department in 1995. Parents were signing their children up in droves to obtain British National (Overseas) passports ahead of the city’s return to Chinese rule in 1997. Photo: SCMP

Britain’s ‘disgraceful’ pre-handover efforts to deny nationality to Hongkongers revealed in declassified cabinet files

Officials repeatedly pressured Portugal not to grant rights to Macau residents to prevent Hongkongers from asking for similar treatment

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A two-year-old girl clutches her passport at the Immigration Department in 1995. Parents were signing their children up in droves to obtain British National (Overseas) passports ahead of the city’s return to Chinese rule in 1997. Photo: SCMP
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Jeffie Lam

Jeffie Lam

Jeffie writes predominantly about Hong Kong politics, but is also interested in social welfare issues, such as the city's ageing population and elderly care. She joined the Post in 2013 after beginning her career as a political reporter in 2009. In 2016, she won the English features merit prize in the 20th Human Rights Press Awards.