mandag 9. august 2021

UK not doing enough to support those fleeing Hong Kong, advocacy group say

The UK risks providing Hongkongers fleeing persecution in their homeland with safety and security in name only, a community leader has warned, as thousands try to flee the crackdown on civil liberties by Chinese authorities. Julian Chan, the director of the Hongkongers in Britain group, said many people arriving in the UK were being denied equal access to housing, education and jobs, and that Westminster was not doing enough to support them.

“The UK risks providing Hongkongers with a country to live in, but almost no life to actually live when they get there,” Chan said. He said administrative backlogs, which prevented Hongkongers from finding work when they arrived, and government policy barring them from accessing public money, meant many were “having to fend for themselves”.