Boat After Boat After Boat
Hong Kong’s response to the tens of thousands of Vietnamese men, women and children who have sought asylum in the territory has remained the subject of debate for more than 15 years — locally, regionally and internationally — with a number of issues holding centre stage at different times. These have included the ‘closed camp’ policy; the conditions in the camps; the varying attitudes of resettlement countries; the establishment of detention centres and the introduction of screening; the legality of holding the Vietnamese asylum-seekers in detention centres for an indefinite period; violence in the camps and detention centres; voluntary and involuntary repatriation; and the respective roles of the British and Hong Kong Governments.
KeywordsIllegal Immigrant Voluntary Agency Compassion Fatigue Special Administrative Region Detention Centre
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