Humanities 1 in action
One Big social issue that everyone is affected by is refugees. 24.5 million refugees. The majority of Refugees are from Syria and Afghanistan. Hong Kong although a small country only takes in 10,000 refugees. Although that is a lot compared to the population the refugees are not treated with respect and often resort to crime because they often do not have enough money are taken advantage of by crime syndicates. The way that the Hong Kong government and Hong Kongers treat refugees lead to them making bad choices.
Hong Kong doesn’t deal with refugees in a good way. In 2012 there were 220,000 boat people in Hong Kong, the majority of whom were resettled in different countries and 60,000 were sent back to their countries. This isn’t very promising for refugees as after they made the long journey across the oceans were turned down by Hong Kong’s policies and sent back to the country you just fled. This often either discourages Refugees to seek refuge in Hong Kong or travel even further to Taiwan or china putting themselves at risk. Even though Hong Kong could easily help as a quote. Hong Kong has the resources to do a lot more than what they are currently doing
There is also discrimination against refugees in Hong Kong’s society and even some media outlets discriminate against refugees and regularly single out every crime involving South Asians refugees to the point of fear mongering. They can sometimes focus on their race and be xenophobic towards refugees. Still there are still a few bad apples which causes a lot of problems for good refugees who don’t want to be painted with the same brush as others. Firstly, a lot of them are asylum seekers who often times have to wait years without a job for the government to determine whether their refugee status is legitimate or not. Often times is this situation many of them turn to crime because, they often times have no choice. A few police sources say that refugees and asylum seekers are being used for the illegal drug trade in Hong Kong. Triad gangs will often supply them with food and entertainment for the transport of drugs. Here is a quote from lawmaker Dr Fernando Chiu-hung “it’s understandable for some asylum seekers in this situation … to engage in criminal activities with triad societies.”