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Hong Kong asylum seekers face bureaucratic maze and deportation under tightened policy

Mar 27th, 2023 | Advocacy | Comment

‘People are losing hope’: New policy sparks fear among Hong Kong’s asylum seekers

Mar 25th, 2023 | Advocacy | Comment

South China Morning Post – A revised law in Hong Kong has sparked fear among the estimated 14,800 asylum seekers and refugees who live in the city. Introduced in December 2022, the new policy allows immigration authorities to remove unsuccessful claimants from the city before they can exhaust legal pathways to challenge the decision. The government says the move was necessary to crack down on claimants abusing the judicial review process to prolong their stay in Hong Kong. Human rights lawyers allege the changes infringe on the rights of asylum seekers, while NGOs and community leaders say they are seeing a surge in the number of claimants seeking psychological help.

https://www.scmp.com/video/hong-kong/3214781/people-are-losing-hope-new-policy-sparks-fear-among-hong-kongs-asylum-seekers?module=live&pgtype=homepage

FEBRUARY ROUNDUP

Mar 17th, 2023 | Advocacy | Comment

Welcome to the monthly roundup of the Refugee Union. We are delighted to share with you our latest updates and developments in our ongoing efforts to advocate for the rights and well-being of refugees in Hong Kong. In this edition, we will be highlighting some of the key events that have taken place over the past month, including our advocacy work, community outreach, and fundraising efforts. We hope that this roundup will provide you with a comprehensive overview of our work and inspire you to join us in our mission to create a more just and equitable society for all.

ABOUT US

The Refugee Union is a community-based organization established in 2014 by refugees in Hong Kong. Our mission is to promote and protect the rights of refugees through advocacy, education, and community building. We work to empower refugees to become self-sufficient and active participants in their communities while also advocating for policy changes that support their rights and well-being. Our organization is run by refugees, for refugees, and we are dedicated to creating a more just and equitable society for all.

ACTIVITIES AT A GLANCE

On February 4th, a student from ESF Discovery College set up a website for fellow students to exchange letters with refugees to share experiences and cultivate friendships. Thank you for bringing this meaningful initiative to the attention of your peers.

On February 6th, we were honored to gather with Simon Mak and Dr. Bo Zhou of Ascent Partners, as well as Andrew Woo and colleagues of Antech Solutions, to brainstorm broader support for refugees.

On February 10th, we were invited by the YMCA Christian Academy to share our lived experiences as refugees with teachers and students. We were also honored to visit ESF West Island School, Hong Kong International School, and ESF Glenealy School later this month to give a presentation for teachers and students. We would also like to thank them for arranging donation campaigns for our refugee members.

On February 11th, we were grateful to Michelle of the Hong Kong International School Heritage for organizing an art class for refugee children. The artwork will be turned into NFTs and fundraised for refugees. Thank you very much!

On February 13th, we were delighted to have Erin and Andrea of Don’t Throw Me visit our center. We have been nominated as one of the beneficiaries of their platform to swap, sell, donate, and breathe new life into clothes and other goods. We also thank Take Out Plastic for hosting a clothes swap campaign and donating clothes to our refugee members.

On February 14th, we welcomed Clayton, a journalism student, who interviewed and took photos of our refugee members with a view to publish a booklet about refugees in Hong Kong and the services we provide to support them.

On February 17th, we were delighted to have our student interns from Hong Kong Shue Yan University patiently teach refugee children to finish homework. Thanks also go to students from the University of Hong Kong who gave a tutorial session for refugee children later this month.

On February 20th, we were thrilled to announce the establishment of a partnership with Wee Bean. We were also thankful for their sales initiative to support refugee children. Please visit their website for more details.

GIVING IS A BLESSING

This month, we received donations of a wide range of useful items. We would like to take this opportunity to express our gratitude to those who lend us a helping hand. Your support means a lot to us, and we deliver all items we receive to refugees.

Please continue to support our center and stay tuned to our website and social media pages (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter) for updated information. You are also welcome to contact us by email at info@refugeeunion.org or visit our center during office hours (Mondays to Saturdays, 10 am-6 pm).

DECEMBER ROUNDUP 十二月回顧

Jan 5th, 2023 | Advocacy | Comment

This month marked the end of the year 2022. In this festive season, our centre was filled with beautiful wishes: refugee families received cash and necessities from donors; volunteers organised celebration activities for us. This piece reviews the major activities that happened at our centre over the month.

本月標誌着2022年的終結。在佳節,本會的辦公室充滿了美好的祝福:善心人士捐贈現金和必需品援助難民家庭,有的為他們舉辦慶祝活動。本篇回顧了過去一個月於本會舉辦的主要活動。

ABOUT US 關於我們

Refugee Union, founded in 2014, is Hong Kong’s only refugee-led organisation. We have over 3,000 members from 52 countries. Currently, our centre is based in Sheung Wan. We work with visions to safeguard refugee rights and improve the situation of refugees in Hong Kong.

難民聯會成立於2014年,是本港唯一由難民組成和領導的團體。本會現有超過3,000名會員,他們來自52個國家和地區。本會現址位於上環。自成立以來,本會一直致力保障難民權益和改善本地難民社群的待遇。

CHRISTMAS WISHES 聖誕祝福

On 15 December, we were thrilled to have Warner Music sending refugee kids amazing Christmas gifts and talented students from the Hong Kong International School Heritage singing carols for us at our centre.

12月15日,本會很高興Warner Music為難民孩子送上聖誕禮物,以及Hong Kong International School Heritage的學生到訪頌唱聖詩。

On 16 December, we were grateful to our friends at the ESF Beacon Hill School for organising a big charity collection for refugee families during Christmas holiday. Thanks also go to Vanessa and Sylvie of the German Swiss International School Hong Kong for delivering refugee kids a creative Christmas ornament workshop.

12月16日,本會衷心感謝合作夥伴ESF Beacon Hill School於聖誕假期發起了一項大型慈善收集活動,為難民家庭送上祝福。另感謝German Swiss International School Hong Kong的學生Vanessa和Sylvie為難民孩子舉辦創意聖誕飾物工作坊。

On 21 December, Eaton Workshop invited refugee families (30 parents and 32 children) to a Christmas buffet. It was an opportunity for refugee families to forget their troubles and have a great time together. Thank you very much!

12月21日,本會非常感謝Eaton Workshop邀請難民家庭 (包括30名家長和32名孩子) 享用聖誕自助餐,讓他們暫時忘卻煩憂,於佳節享受天倫之樂。

GIVING IS A BLESSING 施比受更有福

This month we received donations of wide-ranging useful items. We would like to take this opportunity to express our gratitude to those who lend us a helping hand. Your support means a lot to us. We deliver all items we received to refugees.

過去一個月,本會獲善心人士捐贈各種有用物資。本會對此表示衷心感謝,並承諾將收集到的物資全數送到難民手中。

Please continue to support our centre and stay tuned to our website and social media pages (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter) for updated information. You are also welcomed to contact us by email at info@refugeeunion.org or visit our centre during office hours (Mondays to Saturdays, 10am-6pm).

請繼續關注本會的網站和社交媒體專頁 (FacebookInstagramTwitter) 以獲取本會發布的最新資訊,亦歡迎各位以電郵 (info@refugeeunion.org) 形式聯絡本會或親臨到訪 (辦公時間為星期一至六上午十時至下午六時)。

NOVEMBER ROUNDUP  十一月回顧

Nov 27th, 2022 | Advocacy | Comment

Lives are going back to normal with the pandemic coming to closure. This piece reviews the major activities that happened at our centre in the past month.

隨著大流行的結束,生活逐漸復常。本篇回顧了過去一個月於本會舉辦的主要活動。

ABOUT US  關於我們

Refugee Union, founded in 2014, is the only refugee-led society in Hong Kong. We have over 3,000 members from dozens of countries. Currently, our centre is in Sheung Wan. We work with visions to safeguard refugee rights and improve the situation of refugees in Hong Kong.

難民聯會成立於2014年,是本港唯一由難民組成和領導的團體。本會現有超過3,000名會員,他們來自20多個國家和地區。本會現址位於上環。自成立以來,本會一直致力保障難民權益和改善本地難民社群的待遇。

 

ACTIVITIES AT A GLANCE  活動一覽

We are thrilled that an increasing number of activities are happening at our centre. On 9 November, Grassroot Future arranged a crochet workshop for refugee ladies at the Kowloon Union Church.

本會很高興看到越來越多的活動於本會的辦公室進行。11月9日,Grassroots Future的團隊於九龍佑寧堂為難民婦女舉辦針織工作坊。

On 16 November, our refugee leaders were invited to share their experience during an undergraduate course offered at The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

11月16日,難民領袖獲邀到香港中文大學的本科生課堂上分享難民的經歷。

On 18 November, our teacher Candice resumed the regular Cantonese class on Fridays for refugee adults. The class will help us better navigate life in Hong Kong.

11月18日,Candice老師恢復每週五的廣東話班,這將幫助難民適應在港的日常生活。 

This month teachers and students of the Po Leung Kuk Choi Kai Yau School visited our centre every afternoon and helped refugee kids with school work.

保良局蔡繼有學校的師生本月每天下午都會到訪槓在本會協助難民孩子完成課業。

Many thanks to volunteers’ contribution!

衷心感謝義工的付出!

 

GIVING IS A BLESSING  施比受更有福

This month we received donations of wide-ranging useful items. We would like to take this opportunity to express our gratitude to those who lend us a helping hand. Your support means a lot to us. We deliver all items we received to refugees.

過去一個月,本會獲善心人士捐贈各種有用物資。本會對此表示衷心感謝,並承諾將收集到的物資全數送到難民手中。

Please continue to support our centre and stay tuned to our website and social media pages (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter) for updated information. You are also welcome to contact us by email at info@refugeeunion.org or visit our centre during office hours (Mondays to Saturdays, 10am-6pm).

請繼續關注本會的網站和社交媒體專頁 (FacebookInstagramTwitter) 以獲取本會發布的最新資訊,亦歡迎各位以電郵 (info@refugeeunion.org) 形式聯絡本會或親臨到訪 (辦公時間為星期一至六上午十時至下午六時)。

OCTOBER ROUNDUP 十月回顧

Nov 10th, 2022 | Advocacy | Comment

People’s lives gradually go back to normal with the pandemic coming to closure. This piece reviews the major activities that happened at our centre last month.
隨著大流行的結束,人們的生活逐漸復常。 本篇回顧了過去一個月於本會舉辦的主要活動。

ABOUT US 關於我們

Refugee Union, founded in 2014, is the only refugee-led society in Hong Kong. We have over 3,000 members from dozens of countries. Currently, our centre is in Sheung Wan. We work with visions to safeguard refugee rights and improve the situation of refugees in Hong Kong.
難民聯會成立於2014年,是本港唯一由難民組成和領導的團體。本會現有超過3,000名會員,他們來自20多個國家和地區。本會現址位於上環。自成立以來,本會一直致力保障難民權益和改善本地難民社群的待遇。


ACTIVITIES AT A GLANCE 活動一覽

We are thrilled that an increasing number of activities are happening at our centre. On 6 October, we celebrated Grassroots Future running regular crochet classes for refugee ladies for nearly two years.
本會很高興看到越來越多的活動於本會的辦工室進行。10月6日,本會慶祝Grassroots Future的團隊為難民婦女舉辦針織課程近兩年。

On 7 October, Lifelong Labs and Studio Small Potato organised a creative workshop for refugee kids.
10月7日,Lifelong Labs和Studio Small Potato的團隊為難民孩子舉辦了創意工作坊。

On 25 October, we welcomed Dr Pui-kwan Man and students from the Department of Sociology at Hong Kong Shue Yan University who visited to learn about the service and impact of our centre.
10月25日,香港樹仁大學社會學系文珮君博士帶領學生到訪了解本會為難民社群提供的服務。

On 28 October, students from Zenerations Hong Kong organised a knitting session for refugee mothers and raised money for their families.
10月28日,學生團隊Zenerations Hong Kong到訪本會教授難民婦女針織並為他們的家庭籌集資金。

Many thanks to volunteers’ contribution!
衷心感謝義工的付出!

GIVING IS A BLESSING 施比受更有福

This month we received donations of wide-ranging useful items. We would like to take this opportunity to express our gratitude to those who lend us a helping hand. Your support means a lot to us. We deliver all items we received to refugees.
過去一個月,本會獲善心人士捐贈各種有用物資。本會對此表示衷心感謝,並承諾將收集到的物資全數送到難民手中。

Please continue to support our centre and stay tuned to our website and social media pages (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter) for updated information. You are also welcome to contact us by email at info@refugeeunion.org or visit our centre during office hours (Mondays to Saturdays, 10am-6pm).
請繼續關注本會的網站和社交媒體專頁 (FacebookInstagramTwitter) 以獲取本會發布的最新資訊,亦歡迎各位以電郵 (info@refugeeunion.org) 形式聯絡本會或親臨到訪 (辦公時間為星期一至六上午十時至下午六時)。

SEPTEMBER ROUNDUP  九月回顧

Oct 6th, 2022 | Advocacy | Comment

School days have started.  Ladies come to our centre to mingle when children are at school.  Children come for revision and for fun after school. This piece reviews the major events that happened at our centre last month.

開學日到了,婦女們在孩子上學期間到本會的辦公室消遣,孩子們課後到訪溫習和玩樂。本篇回顧了過去一個月於本會舉辦的主要活動。

ABOUT US  關於我們

Refugee Union, founded in 2014, is the only refugee-led organisation in Hong Kong.  We have over two thousand members from twenty countries, including five hundred children.  Currently, our centre is based in Sheung Wan.  Being an union of and for refugees, we work with visions to safeguard refugee rights and to improve the situation of refugees in Hong Kong.

難民聯會成立於二零一四年,是本港唯一由難民組成和領導的組織。本會現有超過二千名會員,他們來自二十多個不同地區和國家。本會的現址位於上環。自成立以來,本會一直致力保障難民權益和改善本地難民社群的待遇。

ACTIVITIES AT A GLANCE  活動一覽

This month we have had the honour to host students from international schools and representatives from different sectors.  On 5 September, we welcomed Ms Lee from Giordano Hong Kong and Mr Fan from ECC Social Motivation at our centre to exchange ideas and discuss future collaboration.

本會有幸於過去一個月接待國際學校的學生團體和各界代表。九月五日,本會很高興接待 Giordano Hong Kong 的 Ms Lee 和 ECC Social Motivation 的 Mr Fan 並交流意見和商討合作事宜。

On 19 and 24 September, we were thrilled to have students from the Chinese International School visiting our centre and organising educational activities for refugee kids.

九月十九和二十四日,本會很高興獲漢基國際學校的學生到訪並為難民孩子舉辦教育活動。

On 28 September, refugee ladies self-initiated a knitting workshop for other refugees.

九月二十八日,難民婦女自發舉辦工作坊,教授其他難民針織技巧。

Many thanks to volunteers’ contribution!

本會衷心感謝義工的付出!

GIVING IS A BLESSING  施比受更有福

This month we received donations of wide-ranging useful items.  We would like to take this opportunity to express our gratitude to all Donors who lend us a helping hand.  Your support means a lot to us.  We promise to deliver all items we received to refugees.

過去一個月,本會獲善心人士捐贈各種有用物資。本會對此表示衷心感謝,並承諾將收集到的物資全數送到難民手中。

Please continue to support our centre and stay tuned to our website and social media pages (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter) for the updated information.  You are also welcome to contact us by email at info@refugeeunion.org or by visiting our centre during office hours (Mondays to Saturdays, 10am–6pm).

請繼續關注本會的網站和社交媒體專頁 (FacebookInstagramTwitter) 以獲取本會發布的最新資訊,亦歡迎各位以電郵 (info@refugeeunion.org) 形式聯絡本會或親臨到訪 (辦公時間為星期一至六上午十時至下午六時)。

Support Refugee Families in Hong Kong

Oct 5th, 2022 | Advocacy | Comment

You probably heard it before: “Refugees are not allowed to working in Hong Kong”. A statement that resonates with suffering only when you live in a refugee family where the stress levels are through the roof. We smile for the camera, but the reality is harsh because government support is limited to $3,200 a month for shelter, food, utilities and everything else. 

Where can we get help? Charities and churches support where they can, but the economy is bad for everyone and assistance is shrinking. There is no way out of poverty so we are forced to beg to survive. The Refugee Union is a way to centralize efforts and help more refugee families with your help.

Can one survive on $3,200 a month in Hong Kong? Food assistance of $1,200/month, or $40 a day, is not enough for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Rent assistance of $1,500/month does not pay for the cheapest subdivided windowless rooms that cost twice that in run-down buildings. The government assistance has no provision for essentials like clothing, shoes, cleaning products, personal care, baby products, school supplies, phone access, medicines, etc.

Refugees are treated poorly and looked down on in Hong Kong. But we are still people. We deserve compassion. We deserve a chance to live with dignity. We deserve to be understood. With the help of wonderful volunteers we published a booklet to help everyone in the city to understand us better. Please download and share:

https://refugeeunion.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/10/RU-zine-2022.pdf

High food prices are causing refugee families great difficulties as we don’t have enough money to buy groceries for a month’s supply. We receive food donations from some charities, but sadly it is not enough to meet the needs of our members.

Click the link to donate: https://bit.ly/3M5HEu6

AUGUST ROUNDUP  八月回顧

Sep 5th, 2022 | Advocacy | Comment

It is summer break.  Many refugee families brought their kids to our centre to have fun and to enjoy the air conditioning service.  This piece reviews the major events that happened at our centre last month.

正值暑假許多難民家庭帶同孩子到本會的辦公室玩樂和避暑。本篇回顧了過去一個月於本會舉辦的主要活動。

ABOUT US  關於我們

Refugee Union, founded in 2014, is the only refugee-led organisation in Hong Kong.  We have 2,000+ members from 20+ countries, including 500 children.  Currently, our centre is based in Sheung Wan.  Being a union of and for refugees, we work with visions to safeguard refugee rights and to improve the situation of refugees in Hong Kong.

難民聯會成立於2014年,是本港唯一由難民組成和領導的組織。本會現有超過2,000名會員,包括500名小童,他們來自20多個不同地區和國家。本會的現址位於上環。自成立以來,本會一直致力保障難民權益和改善本地難民社群的待遇。

ACTIVITIES AT A GLANCE  活動一覽

This month we were honoured to host a few students from local and international schools.  On 3 and 4 August, students from a Po Leung Kuk affiliated school and the Hong Kong International School visited our centre to learn more about refugee issues through interviewing our members.

本會有幸於過去一個月接待本地和國際學校的學生。一所保良局學校以及香港國際學校的學生分別於8月3日和4日到訪本會,他們透過實地考察並與難民親身交流以加深對難民議題的了解。

On 6 August, students from the German Swiss International School organised a workshop to teach refugee kids critical thinking.

8月6日,德瑞國際學校的學生到訪本會並為難民孩子舉辦工作坊以培養他們的批判思維。

 

On 12 August, student-led team Momentum introduced refugee kids to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs) and encouraged the new generations to solve problems in creative ways

8月12日,學生團體Momentum到訪本會並向難民孩子介紹聯合國可持續發展目標 (UNSDGs),同時鼓勵他們以創意思維解決疑難。

On 27 August, students from the Chinese International School organised a workshop to teach refugee kids public speaking skills.

8月27日,漢基國際學校的學生到訪本會並教授難民孩子演講技巧。

On 30 August, volunteer Hillary taught refugees to make Lanterns to celebrate the upcoming Mid-Autumn Festival.

中秋將至,義工Hillary於8月30日到訪本會並教授難民製作燈籠慶祝佳節。

Many thanks to volunteers’ contribution!

本會衷心感謝義工的付出!

GIVING IS A BLESSING  施比受更有福

This month we received donations of wide-ranging useful items.  We would like to take this opportunity to express our gratitude to all Donors who lend us a helping hand.  Your support means a lot to us.  We promise to deliver all items we received to refugees.

過去一個月,本會獲善心人士捐贈各種有用物資。本會對此表示衷心感謝,並承諾將收集到的物資全數送到難民手中。

Please continue to support our centre and stay tuned to our website and social media pages (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter) for the updated information.  You are also welcome to contact us by email at info@refugeeunion.org or by visiting our centre during office hours (Mondays to Saturdays, 10am–6pm).

請繼續關注本會的網站和社交媒體專頁 (FacebookInstagramTwitter) 以獲取本會發布的最新資訊,亦歡迎各位以電郵 (info@refugeeunion.org) 形式聯絡本會或親臨到訪 (辦公時間為星期一至六上午10時至下午6時)。

Global Voices – Women refugee claimants are disenfranchised by gender-blind screening in Hong Kong

Jun 21st, 2022 | Advocacy | Comment