Tag: World Refugee Day
Below one percent – this is the success rate of asylum applications in Hong Kong. In other developed regions, the success rate stands at 30-40%. Asylum seekers in Hong Kong often have to wait for years, even a decade, only to have their claims rejected.
Hong Kong has a rich refugee history, from those who fled here during the Chinese Civil War or Cultural Revolution, to the Vietnamese “boat people” fleeing the aftermath of the Vietnam War, to people currently seeking protection in our city.
Join us on June 19 for a virtual screening session in celebration of World Refugee Day (20 June), followed by a panel discussion with refugees in Hong Kong and representatives from UNHCR Hong Kong, Consulate General of Canada in Hong Kong & Macao, Branches of Hope, and Justice Centre Hong Kong!
For one hour yesterday, I was Zaara Schenoude, a 36-year-old factory worker from Syria. My hometown was decimated by the sectarian violence wreaking havoc on my people and I was forced to flee under armed guard and herded with 80 other people to a refugee camp over the border. Apart from my ID card, jewellery and headscarf, I had no belongings, no money and no choice.
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