Michael Tien proposes seven-week limit for asylum claims

Local | 19 Apr 2016 8:13 pm

New People's Party lawmaker Michael Tien has called on the government to legislate a time frame for asylum claims to reduce the massive backlog.

The government says it has over 10,000 applications.

Tien said seven weeks is considered a reasonable time for an asylum seeker to file a claim. But he said there are people here who haven’t done that for more than one and a half years.

He said a time limit would effectively reduce the backlog of asylum applications.

Tien made the suggestion during a meeting with the Security Secretary, Lai Tung-kwok, to discuss what the government claims is an “influx of refugees" to Hong Kong.

Humanitarian organizations say government is exaggerating claims about the city's asylum-seekers.

The chairwoman of the New People's Party, Regina Ip, meanwhile, said Lai has reservations about her idea of building a refugee camp on a remote island in Shenzhen due to the difference in legal and judicial systems there.—RTHK

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