14 HK protesters granted refugee status in Canada since end of 2020

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13th January 2021 – (Vancouver) Since the outbreak of the anti-extradition movement and the implementation of the National Security Law, there have been pro-democracy politicians and Hong Kong people who participated in demonstrations in exile. The “New Hong Kong Cultural Club” stated today (13th) that the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada has granted refugee status to 14 Hong Kong exiles since the end of last year. The association described Canada as having granted the most refugee status so far. The association also pointed out that the Canadian government will announce the details of the YTS “Young Talents Program” for Hong Kong youths in the next one or two months.

The New Hong Kong Cultural Club stated that it has assisted more than 40 Hong Kong residents in exile since 2019, and nearly 30 of them are living in Canada. Most of them have obtained Recognizance Papers and have already obtained a work permit. The Club also stated that with the assistance of the Club, 14 Hong Kong residents in exile in Canada were successfully granted political refugee status by the local government. These people are currently applying for permanent residency. The Club also pointed out that some people are currently under employment in Canada, and some chose to continue their studies and complete their degrees.

As of the end of 2019, 12 local Hong Kong residents had applied for political asylum, in the first six months of 2020, there were as many as 37, and a total of at least 49 Hong Kong residents had applied so far.

The Club described Canada as having a complete refugee system. Applicants can enjoy local medical protection, work and school permits while waiting for the hearing, and even apply for humanitarian subsidies. If Canada had not implemented travel restrictions since April last year in response to the epidemic, it was estimated more than a hundred people would choose to go into exile in Canada. In response to the implementation of the Hong Kong National Security Law, the Canadian government announced a number of measures to facilitate the emigration of Hong Kong people. The New Hong Kong Cultural Club stated that the Canadian government will announce the details of the YTS “Young Talent Program” to assist Hong Kong students to migrate to the local area within the next one or two months. The Club also stated that a new non-governmental organization will be established in the future to assist Hong Kong people to immigrate to Canada through the program.

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