Hong Kong Autonomy Movement illustrated how ONE Hong Kong man’s cross-boarder marriage can “boost” Hong Kong’s population (new immigrants from China). Soon enough, there will be more Chinese than Hong Kongers in Hong Kong!
Thank them so much for all the details. Now let’s look at this TRUE STORY – Mr A lives in Tin Shui Wai
(1) Mr A is a Hong Kong citizen. After he married Ms B from China, she applied for a One-Way Permit using “family reunion” as her reason. She had to wait for a few years before she moved to Hong Kong. Ms B gave birth to a baby girl in China before she moved to Hong Kong. Mr A successfully applied for his wife and daughter to move to Hong Kong. Result: 1 HK citizen+ 2 Chinese
(2) Ms B divorced Mr A after she moved to Hong Kong and met Mr C who is not a Hong Kong citizen (and he’s from the same province in China of Ms B). Mr C is divorced for many years and has a son who was born in China. Ms B successfully applied for Mr C and his son to move to Hong Kong as she claimed that they are her dependents. Result: 1 HK (new) citizen (Ms B) + 2 Chinese (Mr C and his son)
(3) Years later, Ms B has been a Hong Kong permanent resident for years, she applied for her mother to move to Hong Kong. Since her mother is above 65 years old, she did not have to wait and can immigrate to Hong Kong immediately. Result: 1 HK (new) citizen (Ms B) + 1 Chinese (Ms B’s mother)
(4) After three One-Way permit applications, one Hong Kong citizen (Mr A) brings FIVE Chinese citizens to immigrate to Hong Kong – all because of one cross-boarder marriage. In addition to the above formula, Mr C, Mr C’s son and Ms B can also help their other relatives in China to apply for One-Way Permit in the names of family reunion. Mr C’s 65+ year-old parents (2 Chinese), Mr C’s son can apply his birth mother to move to Hong Kong after he is 18 years old (1 Chinese), Ms B’s mother can also apply her children to move to Hong Kong (as many as she pleases), and these children of hers can apply for their spouses and children to move to Hong Kong. And so on.
A simple formula: “marriage, divorce, re-marry” can bring in FIVE Chinese to Hong Kong as “new immigrants”. Hong Kong’s immigration policy is completely ridiculous! Once the new immigrants obtain their permanent residencies, they can apply for their relatives to move to Hong Kong for “family reunion”. Theoretically, there is no limit in terms of how many Chinese can move to Hong Kong. Hong Kong has essentially leave its front door WIDE OPEN for Chinese to move in as they please.
How about other countries in the world?
Japan: A foreign man marries a Japanese woman, he cannot apply for citizenship; if a foreign woman marries a Japanese man, she can apply for citizenship. However, when she is neutralised, her relatives cannot apply for Japan citizenship.
Singapore: Similar to Japan. Men cannot marry Singaporean women to obtain Singapore citizenship, this is to prevent people getting divorce and marry a local to get citizenship of the country.
Taiwan: After living in Taiwan for over 10 years plus other conditions are fulfilled, a Taiwan citizen can apply for their spouse to move to Taiwan. This spouse will be granted conditional temporary residency. If they divorce within a certain period of time, the conditional residency will be voided. A spouse of a Taiwan citizen cannot apply his/her relatives to move to Taiwan unless he/she has been living in Taiwan legally for over 10 years.
US: Citizens have to prove that they have been paying tax before they can apply their relatives to move to the US. If the applicants are elderly, they will not be able to enjoy social benefits at the beginning – the US citizen who applies an elderly to move to the US will have to bear all the expenses of the elderly. As for spouses of US citizens who move to the US, until they begin to pay tax, they will not be able to enjoy any social security or unemployment benefits. If one divorces their spouse who is a US citizen, he/she re-marry, he/she will have to pay tax for several years before applying for the spouse to move to the US. All to prevent any exploitation of the system.
Now let’s look at Macau and China:
Macau: a Macau permanent resident who wants to apply his/her spouse to move to Macau, the spouse has to live in Macau for seven years before obtaining permanent residency. If the spouse divorce the Macau permanent resident, his/her residency will be invalid immediately.
China: anyone from any nation marrying a Chinese citizen, he/she cannot obtain Chinese citizenship, including people from Hong Kong and Macau.
Now you can see the loophole, right? Some may say that applying relatives to move to the country one reside is basic human rights, but the system in Hong Kong is not comprehensive enough to make sure that there is a certain limitation to prevent people from exploiting it! Human rights is one thing, but a throughout population policy is also necessary. By simply revising the existing immigration law to seal the loophole or at least make it more difficult for people to exploit it, this massive uncontrollable influx of new immigrants from China can then be “relieved”.
“Zero quota for anchor baby” (as called by CY Leung) is useless unless immigration policy is amended.
Over and out!