UK kicks off new Hong Kong visa scheme
01 February 2021 | 7:00 am
A British plan to offer millions of Hong Kongers a path to British citizenship will take effect on Sunday. The UK government believes the new visa program could attract over 300,000 Hong Kongers to Britain.
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Hong Kong has undergone dramatic changes since the imposition of the national security law in the summer of 2020. Many pro-democracy politicians and activists have been arrested.
Prize organizers said the architect sustained "connections between tradition and innovation." Chipperfield is known for the reconstruciton of old buildings while honoring their history and preserving the environment.
The professional services firm said rising childcare costs were pricing many women out of work. In 2021, childcare costs relative to average income were one of the highest among OECD countries, representing nearly a third of the income of a UK family on an average wage.
The Hong Kong Alliance leaders were arrested under the national security law for failing to handover details about the organization's meetings and finances.
It marks the latest step in China reopening its borders for foreigners after three years of COVID restrictions. Visa-free entry will be resumed for foreigners from Hong Kong and Macao, and ASEAN nations.
Journalists forced to leave Hong Kong have set up numerous online platforms from abroad to document the developments in the city. But they face a shortage of resources, as well as limited access to news sources.
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Home Secretary Suella Braverman tours potential migrant housing in Rwanda as asylum deal remains mired in legal challenges. The UK-Rwanda plan was agreed in April 2022, and was intended to send people seeking asylum or claiming refugee status in the UK processed and settled in Africa - but no one has yet made the trip.
Albert Ho, a prominent pro-democracy figure in Hong Kong, has once again been arrested. He is already facing up to a decade in prison for other charges under the national security law.
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