1 volume (various pagings) : illustrations ; 23 cm
This book is an inquiry into the situation of Vietnamese asylum seekers in Hong Kong, and was made shortly after the announcement of the government in June 1988 to introduce procedures for the determination of their refugee status, in order that those who are recognized as refugees can be resettled, and those whose case are rejected can eventually be repatriated. The author analyzes the procedure in the early days and the difficulties inherent in establishing individual determination of refugee status for a caseload which for more than a decade has enjoyed group determination as refugees and benefitted from resettlement. She also discusses the involvement of UNHCR after the conclusion of a Statement of Understanding between the Office and the Hong Kong government in September 1988. Then the author describes the living conditions of the detention centres where Vietnamese who arrived after the change of policy are gathered: the conditions under which the persons are held violate international human rights law and national regulations. She then considers the most controversial issue of the refugee status determination process: the proposed return of rejected cases. She argues against repatriation or deportation of any asylum seekers because in the Vietnamese context it is impossible to make a distinction between refugees and those who leave for economic reasons. The author goes further on to say that because no one can return without fear of recrimination, even those who cannot establish a case in terms of Convention criteria should be considered as "non-Convention" refugees entitled to protection against <> under the mandate of UNHCR and should be given temporary refuge. The book ends with some recommendations relating to the procedure and repatriation.