Immigration Policies and Human Resources Planning

Johannes M. M. Chan

in Hong Kong Mobile

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print February 2009 | ISBN: 9789622099180
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882206984 | DOI:
Immigration Policies and Human Resources Planning

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This chapter alerts to the complexity of the immigrant process and the contradictory policies on both sides of the border that exacerbate already difficult family situations. It also points to the discretionary power given to immigrant officials, whose approach to the cross-border flow of population is more one of security and less of family reunions. If these new arrivals have the right to be Hong Kong's present and future citizens, this chapter argues, the government should consider proactive ways to nurture them. Moreover, in view of the general decline in fertility rates among Hong Kong's locally born, these newcomers from mainland China could be a significant source for replenishing Hong Kong's labor force. Immigration policies involve social and human investment. The government should make use of this opportunity to eradicate prejudice and develop a comprehensive and proactive immigration policy.

Keywords: immigrant officials; cross-border flow; Hong Kong; fertility rate; immigration policy

Chapter.  23057 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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