Refugees and civic stratification: The “Asian rejection” hypothesis and its implications for protection claimants in Hong Kong

Pui Yim Ada LAI, Kerry John KENNEDY

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlespeer-review

1 Citation (Scopus)

Abstract

Hong Kong is not a signatory to the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees yet, it has historically attracted refugees from Mainland China and, in the 1970s, from Vietnam. Today, there is a refugee flow from different parts of Southeast Asia. This paper highlights the plight of refugees in an environment where there are no legal frameworks for managing refugees, where there is a deliberate policy of not settling refugees, irrespective of the validity of their claims, and where minimal support is provided for claimants waiting to have their claims assessed. Civic stratification is advanced as a theoretical framework for understanding the status of refugees in Hong Kong and the extent to which resistance is possible within this framework is demonstrated. Copyright © 2017 Scalabrini Migration Center.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)206-223
JournalAsian and Pacific Migration Journal
Volume26
Issue number2
Early online dateMay 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2017

Citation

Lai, A. P. Y., & Kennedy, K. J. (2017). Refugees and civic stratification: The “Asian rejection” hypothesis and its implications for protection claimants in Hong Kong. Asian and Pacific Migration Journal, 26(2), 206-223.

Keywords

  • Refugees
  • Discrimination
  • Citizenship
  • Hong Kong

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Refugees and civic stratification: The “Asian rejection” hypothesis and its implications for protection claimants in Hong Kong'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.