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JANUARY ROUNDUP AT THE REFUGEE UNION

Feb 2nd, 2019 | Advocacy | Comment

Happy New Year! At the beginning of 2019, our Office continues to work closely with our committed Members and kind-heart volunteers as usual, striking for a better living for asylum seekers and refugees in Hong Kong, despite an increasing challenge and difficulty that the government forces on us.

New Events

To begin with, we would like to express our gratitude to Madam Stephanie for her generous donation of new chairs to our Office. The old and broken black chairs can be replaced finally. Thank you very much!

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On 27 January, our Members were invited to this year’s Migrants’ Day themed “Many Journeys, One Family”, sharing our stories with the public. Thank you Claret Mission, Claretian Missionaries, Secular Franciscan Order, Columban Missionaries for organising this meaningful event to promote the spirits of social inclusion and acceptance of diversity.

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On the same day, our Members also received a special invitation to attend the Integration of Talents event organised by the Claretian Missionaries. It was a great opportunity to perform our talents and had a taste of delicious Chinese cuisines, as an early celebration of the Lunar New Year.

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Regular Events

On a weekly basis, our Office also offers a series of classes targeting the asylum seekers and refugees with different age groups. These ongoing activities do not only provide opportunities for our members to learn, but also to socialise and to let them get out of the oppressive routine of feeling like prisoners-in-the-city without the opportunity to work and to contribute.

Every Saturday, we have talented volunteers come and hold Music Session for our refugee kids at our Office. They teach our children to sing and to play with musical instruments. We also have the Canadian Tutorial Session on every Saturday at our Office, with a group of passionate volunteers to teach refugee children school assignments and help them to prepare for tests and examinations.

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Last but not least, the Cultural Diversity Playgroup at our office targets both refugee adults and babies. Participants can make new friends and learn new things during lessons. They all share joyful moments.

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Members who are interested in the above programmes, please visit our Office for more information. Again, we would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to all donors and volunteers who stand with our refugee community. Keep visiting our website and Facebook for the latest information. For enquiry, please don’t hesitate to visit our office or email us at info@refugeeunion.org.

Refugee Union supports Migrants’ Day

Jan 22nd, 2019 | RU updates, programs, events | Comment

RU supports Migrants Day

Hong Kong refugees have a say

Jan 22nd, 2019 | Advocacy, Immigration, RU Opinion, Welfare | Comment

HK refugees have a say

Video about the Asylum Seekers in Hong Kong, Launched by our Volunteers

Jan 21st, 2019 | Advocacy | Comment

//We are a group of students from CUHK that concern about the asylum seekers in Hong Kong. Last summer, with support from the I‧CARE Social Service Projects Scheme, we launched our social service project called “Love ‧ Care ‧ Boundaryless”. In these few months, we have offered free Cantonese lessons and cultural tour for the asylum seekers to let them understand more about the local culture, enabling them to better adapt the social environment.

After this project, we made a video which aims to let the public rediscover the socially marginalised. They are neither fake refugees nor criminals, but the asylum seekers who fled from their home countries under the threat to life.//

Video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eba8XqMZsks

Acknowledgement:

Funding: I‧CARE Centre for Whole-person Development
Venue and collaboration: Refugee Union Hong Kong
Project advisor: Dr. LEE King-wa
Video: Antony Chan, Kris Chu

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Canada has much to teach Hong Kong on refugee question

Jan 17th, 2019 | Advocacy, Opinion | Comment

SCMP - Canada has much to teach HK on refugees - 17Jan2019

Backlog of torture claimants cleared a year early helped by revised lawyer pay

Jan 17th, 2019 | Immigration | Comment

SCMP - Backlog of torture claimants cleared - 16Jan2019

Overstayers caught working could face a three-year jail term

Jan 4th, 2019 | Advocacy | Comment

SCMP - Tougher measures proposed for overstayers with jobs - 4Jan2019

A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL OUR SUPPORTERS!

Dec 31st, 2018 | RU updates, programs, events | Comment

New Year Wishes

DECEMBER ROUNDUP AT THE REFUGEE UNION

Dec 25th, 2018 | RU updates, programs, events | Comment

A warm Merry Christmas from the Refugee Union Hong Kong! At the end of the year, December has been the busiest but most meaningful month at our office. As usual, with the support of our kind-hearted volunteers and committed members, we continue to strive for a better living for refugees and to promote their well-being, despite the increasing challenges and difficulties imposed on us by the government.

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NEW EVENTS

First of all, on behalf of our members, who are asylum seekers and refugees, we would like to express our sincere gratitude to all our donors who always stand by us and support our community – THANK YOU!

We are grateful for Madam Merlin donation of forty boxes of “Pet Pet” diapers to our refugee families. Thank you very much! These are essential items that are badly needed by our mothers who do not receive them from the Government and have no money as prohibited from working. (The Sentencing guideline is 22 months imprisonment!)

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We are grateful to have the Crafty Charity Hong Kong donated well-designed blankets to our refugee families. Babies can keep warm in cold winter. Thank you very much!

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We are grateful to have the Hong Kong Football Club and the Hong Kong Tennis Society donated Christmas gifts to our children who participated in the Music Group. The Children are overjoyed. Thank you very much!

Football

We are grateful to have the donations of daily necessities from Foodlink. Thank you very much!

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We are grateful to receive donations of boxes of hope and snacks from Eva. Thank you very much!

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To celebrate Christmas and New Year, we had a party with our donors, volunteers and members on 22 December at our office. It was a great opportunity for us to show our thankfulness for their continuous support and understanding. Participants enjoyed ethnic cuisine and sang Christmas carols together. All of us had fun, thank you for coming!

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REGULAR EVENTS

On a weekly basis, we offer a series of classes for refugees of different ages. These ongoing activities do not only provide opportunities for our members to learn, but also to socialise, allowing them to escape the oppressive routine of feeling like prisoners-in-the-city without the opportunity to work and contribute.

Every Saturday, we have talented volunteers come and hold Music Session for our refugee kids at our office. They teach our children to sing and to play with musical instruments.

Music Session

We also have the Canadian Tutorial Session on every Saturday at our office, with a group of passionate volunteers to teach refugee children school assignments and help them to prepare for tests and examinations.

Tutoring

Last but not least, the Cultural Diversity Playgroup at our office targets both refugee parents and babies. Participants can make new friends and learn useful skills during these lessons. They all share joyful moments. We may consider reflecting on the Lottery of Life: children do not chose the families they are born into!

Play Group

Members who are interested in the above programs, please visit our office for more information. Again, we would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to all donors and volunteers who stand with us through these troubling times and make our community stronger. Keep visiting our website and Facebook for the latest information. For enquiries, please don’t hesitate to email info@refugeeunion.org.

Happy New Year!

NOVEMBER ROUNDUP AT THE REFUGEE UNION

Dec 24th, 2018 | RU updates, programs, events | Comment

This November was a fruitful month at the Refugee Union. With the generous support of our kind-heart volunteers and committed members, our Office continue to serve the local refugee community, speaking out for an improvement of their living condition and well-being despite the harsh conditions that Hong Kong Government forces on us.

NEW EVENTS

On 13 November, our Members were invited to the International College Hong Kong (Hong Lok Yuen) and gave a speech to students, sharing with them our daily life experiences and challenges we are encountering. Thank you for concerning our refugee community.

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Good news! We are glad to share with our Members that, starting from this month, our Office will have Music Session for our refugee kids on every Saturday. Volunteers will come and teach children how to sing and play with musical instruments. Hooray! We look forward to seeing you in class.

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REGULAR EVENTS

On a weekly basis, our Office offers a series of classes targeting the asylum seekers and refugees with different age groups. These are ongoing activities our members are most grateful for as not classes not only provide opportunity to learn, but also socialise and get out of the oppressive routine of feeling like prisoners-in-the-city which is the condition of being on Immigration bail without the opportunity to work and feel productive.

We have the Canadian Tutorial Session every Saturday at our office, with a group of passionate volunteers to teach refugee children school assignments and help them to prepare for tests and examinations.

Tutoring Session

The Cultural Diversity Playgroup at our office targets both refugee adults and babies. Participants can make new friends and learn new things during lessons. They all share joyful moments.

Play Group

Members who are interested in the above programmes, please visit our office for more information. We would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to all volunteers who stand with our refugee community. Keep visiting our website and Facebook for the latest information. For enquiry, please don’t hesitate to visit our office or email us at info@refugeeunion.org. THANK YOU.

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