Hong Kong Confronts Its Own Transient And Refugee Crisis

Hong Kong confronts its own transient and refugee crisisHong Kong manages its own particular transient issues. The city confronts vagrant issues of its own with cases from haven seekers having dramatically multiplied in the last two years as per the Hong Kong Immigration news. The quantity of stateless kids destined to be exiles is developing in Hong Kong, where applications and requests from refuge seekers have dramatically multiplied in the most recent two years, causing a crisis.

While Europe is dealing with its own variant of refugee crisis, with a flood of individuals seeking to escape the ongoing civil war in Syria and seeking shelter in Europe, haven seekers from other Asian countries, for example, India, Bangladesh, Vietnam and Pakistan and Africa as well, are rushing to Hong Kong, seeking to relocate there.  In any case, NGO’s and human right activists blame the rising numbers on the authorities dawdling over applications and endorsing the same.  Hong Kong has endorsed only 1% out of the 8500 applications they had received, following 2009. Currently, there are more than twelve thousand immigrants, seeking haven in Hong Kong and have been waiting for more than fifteen years, for endorsement from the Government.

Given the current spiraling numbers, the number of stateless citizens and refugee seekers to local citizens has been increasing disproportionately for the last few years. While the current government in Hong Kong is trying to grapple with their vagrant problem, the fact is that the government does have a provision for clothing and feeding these transients and refugees but it nevertheless poses a huge burden on government. As it stands, the legislature in Hong Kong also ensures that children of these stateless citizens are educated by providing them with a partial scholarship. But since one cannot obtain a work permit as a stateless citizen, a transient cannot afford to pay the remainder of the school fees therefore most of their children go uneducated.

The UN was extremely sarcastic of Hong Kong’s actions in preventing refugees and other transients from working and pointing out the obvious that this is one of the reason why a few of them turn to petty crimes. Irrespective of the fact that Hong Kong did overhaul its refugee screening system, the fact is that it is only lead to more applicants for residency status and slow processing of the applications is only further compounding what was already a bad situation. Unless Hong Kong can find a way to resolve this issue soon, within the framework of their constitution, the situation is bound to have a long term impact. As it stands, the current crisis has already led to Hong Kong implementing a few changes with regard to their immigration policy.

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