Anchor Babies – A Little Thoughts…

Hong Kong is well known for being crowded, the living standard of the grass wood locals is unimaginable. Many live in cages, and some live in sub-diving flats where, in some cases, a family of four will be sharing a room of 30 sq. ft.

Chinese from all over China rush to Hong Kong to give birth to their babies. The parents of these anchor babies (which means neither of their parents are Hong Kong residents) argued that they only want the best for their children (because the education in China is too bad, according to them). However, they conveniently forget that the approval process of new immigrants applications from China is handled by China, not Hong Kong.

Some of them stay in Hong Kong (via travel visa) and apply for benefits from the Hong Kong social welfare! Luckily, the Hong Kong SAR government has changed the law – why should the tax payer be subsiding the people who took advantage of the system in Hong Kong and have the rest of their families move to HK and continue to take advantages and resources of Hong Kong.

When people of ┬áHong Kong suggest that these parents should have taken their children back to China – if raising children is so difficult! They make the excuses for not being able to help their children to apply for ID card in China (because of the one child policy). Shouldn’t they have thought about it before having the second child?

Parents of anchor babies also complain that the quality of life and the number of school spaces is not good enough for them. If you’re expecting to have a house this big (see picture below), you really can’t live on social benefits – not many people can afford houses like this in Hong Kong!

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For school spaces, have you heard about the local students who have to travel over an hour away from their home to go to school everyday? It’s all because of the anchor babies forcing the locals to move to another district for school. The facilities and education systems are designed for the people of Hong Kong and can only accommodate the expected population growth in HK…

They keep saying that they are under a lot of pressure living in Hong Kong, but why can’t they move back to their home town? If Hong Kong is such a difficult place for you to live and there’s a much easily and comfortable life waiting for you in China, why insist on staying in Hong Kong?

The problem is spreading to the US and many other Western countries too. I recently read that Canada is considering to change its law to stop anchor babies from getting citizenship.

Good luck, world. Look at Hong Kong’s situation, you’ll probably learn a thing or two before embracing China’s expansionism…