tirsdag 30. juni 2020

More Hongkongers apply to be refugees in Australia as security law passes

Protesters involved in Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement are applying for Australia’s protection in growing numbers, official Australian government data suggests. In March, 27 Hong Kong special administrative region passport holders applied for permanent protection visas. The following month, 17 more filed claims, even as the total number of protection visa lodgments fell dramatically with Australia’s international border closure. The numbers are higher than in the same period the previous year. Just six Hong Kong passport holders applied for an Australian refugee visa in March 2019, and eight in April.

Jane Poon, a representative of pro-democracy group Australia-Hong Kong Link, told Guardian Australia her organisation was helping several young Hong Kong men seek asylum in Australia.