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Do the 150 unskilled Chinese immigrants get welfare benefits?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hui:
    I happen to find this forum and I suddenly realised that I am one of those 150 unskilled Chinese migrants ( I settled in HK two years ago). I really want to know, can ignorance and arrogance make people more skillful here?
    While I imagine things are better than say 10-20 years ago, but discrimination against mainland people in Hong Kong is nothing exactly new.

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    Quote Originally Posted by truemandate:
    Really? Have there ever been similar "touch base" policies in other jurisdictions?
    1) Yes, really. Google should bring up plenty of informative links.

    2) Not that I am aware of. But bear in mind the status of colonial Hong Kong which was a little more ambiguous than it might seem. China always regarded HK as its sovereign territory, albeit under British administration; Chinese citizens cannot be regarded as foreign migrants. The touch base policy was a reflection of the fact that HK was always part of China, & HK people are part of the same Chinese family, literally, as most have family origins in other parts of Guangdong and elsewhere in China. Indeed, pre-WW2, there was no border control at all between HK & (the rest of) China. 'Touch base' was ended because the ever rising influx numbers & the growing population of HK made the policy unsustainable in practical terms. At about the same time as the ending of 'touch base', they also made carrying a HK ID card compulsory, in order to identify those mainlanders liable to removal.
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    As I understand it, "touch base" made explicit the distinction between those bits of HK which were leased from China (i.e. the New Territories) and those that were ceded in perpetuity (i.e. HK Island and Kowloon). The "base" which you had to get to without being caught was the British bit. In other words you had to get through the leased bit without being detected.

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