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No life, the refugee slums in Hong Kong

Emmanuel Serna | Hong Kong, Hong Kong

The plight of the refugees in Hong Kong, is the consequence of a system that isolates and leaves them in an endless waiting out of sight of the rest of the population in unsanitary slums.

About 10,000 refugees live in of Hong Kong, mostly coming from Indian subcontinent, but also from Vietnam, Indonesia or Horn of Africa. Most of them have fled persecution in their country, hoping to find refuge in Hong Kong.

This city isn’t the haven they were hoping for. Hong Kong hasn’t signed the Geneva Convention and gives only a very small number of refugees status.

Upon their arrival in Hong Kong, refugees are registered as asylum seeker and their passports are confiscated. Normally, it takes three years to process their applications, but some are still waiting after eight years and they aren’t allow to work.

Refugees have access only to tiny rooms in slums in the New Territories. Initially these slums weren’t made for housing, these are shacks,or former farms built or refurbished by unscrupulous owners.

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