In Hong Kong, refugees are not given the basic human right that any human should be given. Currently, we have around 3000 refugees in need of supports.
- Refugees in Hong Kong are denied the right to work and jailed 15 months if arrested;
- Refugees in Hong Kong are permanently considered as illegal immigrants despite being granted by the government the right to seek asylum in Hong Kong (USM claim);
- Refugees in Hong Kong are provided less than HKD 3200 a month, which subjects them to a destitute living condition in Hong Kong;
- Refugees in Hong Kong are not under the protection of the 1951 UN Refugee Convention because Hong Kong is not a signatory party;
- Refugees in Hong Kong face daily discrimination and deep-rooted stigma in society (e.g. seeking housing, seeking services from the private sector, and on the streets);
The "Refugee Union" was founded in Hong Kong in February 2014 with the vision to safeguard refugees' rights and campaign to improve their prospects. Since our launch, we have been working closely with our community leaders (from more than 40 countries) and organizing diverse programs to actualize members’ psychological and social well-being. The struggle to meet basic daily needs is immense!
Hong Kong has an extremely poor acceptance rate of 0.6% for asylum seekers, especially as compared with Europe’s 50+%. The global average acceptance rate is around 43%. From late 2009 to March 2018, only 120 asylum seekers have had their claims substantiated by the Hong Kong government, after which their final destination is determined by the UNHCR as they are not allowed to settle in Hong Kong. The waiting time for case screening normally takes several years, during which claimants are not allowed to to work. With another long period of wait occurring between substantiation and possible resettlement (if any), many of our members have been stranded in Hong Kong for over a decade.
Shelter, food, education, training, legal support, and family support are some of the most essential needs that refugees and asylum seekers have in Hong Kong. The scale of these needs is highlighted by the high cost of living in the city, xenophobic and racist attitudes among (some) locals and employment prohibitions despite having to live within the community. You may learn more here: http://www.refugeeunion.org/support/
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