Michael Tien proposes seven-week limit for asylum claimsLocal | 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