Many asylum seekers have been stranded in Hong Kong for over a decade without their claims being determined by the government. Indeed, these refugees are the forgotten ones. They are being discriminated against and marginalised in the society, living in fear and trepidation.
In 2017, there are nearly 10,000 asylum seekers in Hong Kong, but the rate of success torture claims hardly reached 1%. Compare to the acceptance rate in other countries, Hong Kong’s figure is among the lowest in the developed world and great concerned has been expressed by human rights groups and lawyers over this issue. Inaccurate and irresponsible comments were made regarding the refugee issue in Hong Kong by the media during 2016. Asylum seekers were labelled as ‘fake refugees’ or ‘economic refugees’ coming to Hong Kong for illegal employment and were often associated with criminal activities.
Asylum-seekers and refugees can never obtain a HKID. Hong Kong is not a signatory to 1951 Refugee Convention, we are only a transitional hub for refugees - not a final destination (Click here to read more about the current refugee regulation and policy in Hong Kong).
However, due to the government’s indifferent, discriminatory and even hostile attitude towards this vulnerable group, a lot of them are living in extremely harsh conditions with very minimal financial aids (Click here to read more about what monthly support they can get in Hong Kong), asylum-seeking children are being discriminated, and a lot of these families were separated due to the current regulation (Click here to read the heartbreaking stories of asylum-seeking children in Hong Kong).
Standing with The Hong Kong Society for Asylum-seekers and Refugees, we urge our government and society to show love, support, and inclusion to this vulnerable group.
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