Kwan Ki MAN

Date of Award


Degree Type

UG Dissertation

First Advisor

Prof. Roman DAVID


About 6,000 refugees, asylum seekers and torture claimants (collectively “protection claimants”) are struggling to survive in Hong Kong. It is undoubted that they are an underprivileged and marginalized group in Hong Kong. Since Hong Kong is not the signatory of the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, protection claimants do not enjoy legal status or formal rights to welfare services in Hong Kong. Without the right to work, protection claimants must survive on $1,500 a month for accommodation and bags of food equivalent to $1,200, or they may risk to work illegally in Hong Kong. This thesis examines how Hong Kong refugee policy affects the life of protection claimants in terms of right to work, food assistance and accommodation allowance. These factors are of paramount importance to the life of protection claimants. Drawing on qualitative participant-observations and in-depth interviews with protection claimants, it demonstrates the primary and secondary consequences that caused by the current refugee policy. Additionally, this thesis discovers how protection claimants react to the policy, revealing that the Hong Kong current refugee policy puts protection claimants into dilemma.

Recommended Citation

Man, K. K. (2014). How does the Hong Kong current refugee policy affect the life of protection claimants? (UG dissertation, Lingnan University, Hong Kong). Retrieved from

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