Taiwan learns to cope amid influx

Local | Angel Kwan 18 Sep 2019

An unknown number of Hong Kong protesters have gone to Taiwan to seek help.

Taipei has been helping them stay and continue their education, according to the government-owned Central News Agency.

Most of them are teenagers and wish to continue their studies. Some of them have already been admitted to schools in Taiwan before they arrived, and have started school.

Authorities have been assisting others in continuing their studies, according to CNA's report yesterday.

The Taiwan government currently follows regulations governing Hong Kong and Macau residents in residency applications.

A CNA source said the regulations are able to cover all cases for now, while some protesters face difficulties providing supporting documents. Authorities have been trying to provide help in these cases as well.

The source also said that Taiwanese authorities are trying to understand the background of applicants to avoid being exploited by people with ulterior motives. According to earlier reports, a total of 60 protesters, including students, went to Taiwan in July.

The sources said that as the Taiwan government does not have a dedicated mechanism for such matters and protesters contacted various NGOs, the number may be inaccurate.

They also noted that people preferred to remain anonymous during the process.

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