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Migrant children taken into children homes

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Dear Immigration Department,

I am writing to make an information request regarding migrant children who are taken into government care, NGO-run children homes, private-run children homes, or other relevant institutions. May I know,

1) In what circumstances a migrant child would be taken into a) government care b) NGO-run children homes, or c) private-run children homes?
2) What are the relevant guidelines and procedures in these circumstances?

Thank you for your help.

Yours faithfully,

Raquel Amador

Records and Data Management Section, Immigration Department

Dear Raquel Amador,
Thanks for your email of 14 February 2022.

Regarding your request, we should be grateful if you would define and
clarify on or before 24 February 2022 the term “migrant” that you are
referring to, as quoted in your email.

Best regards

(Mr. W M Fung)
For Director of Immigration

From:        Raquel Amador <[FOI #982 email]>
To:        FOI requests at Immigration Department <[Immigration Department request email]>
Date:        14/02/2022 14:54
Subject:        Freedom of Information request - Migrant children taken
into children homes

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Dear Immigration Department,

I am writing to make an information request regarding migrant children who
are taken into government care, NGO-run children homes, private-run
children homes, or other relevant institutions. May I know,

1)                 In what circumstances a migrant child would be taken
into a) government care b) NGO-run children homes, or c) private-run
children homes?
2)                 What are the relevant guidelines and procedures in
these circumstances?

Thank you for your help.

Yours faithfully,

Raquel Amador

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Dear Immigration Department,

Thank you for your response and request for clarification. In my request, I was using the term 'migrant' to refer to persons who do not have permanent residency in Hong Kong.

Yours sincerely,

Raquel Amador

Records and Data Management Section, Immigration Department

Dear Raquel Amador,
                 
Thank you for your email.

Your application is now under processing.  According to paragraph 1.16 of
the Code on Access to Information, our department will inform you of the
latest progress of the case separately on or before 15 March 2022.

Regards

(Mr S T Lam)
for Director of Immigration

From:        Raquel Amador <[FOI #982 email]>
To:        Records and Data Management Section <[Immigration Department request email]>
Date:        23/02/2022 13:17
Subject:        Re: Request for information under Code on Access to
Information( Application no. ImmD/RM/6-5/10/2022/082(R))

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Dear Immigration Department,

Thank you for your response and request for clarification. In my request,
I was using the term 'migrant' to refer to persons who do not have
permanent residency in Hong Kong.

Yours sincerely,

Raquel Amador

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Records and Data Management Section, Immigration Department

Dear Raquel Amador,
                 
I refer to your request for access to information on 14 February 2022 and
clarification on 23 February 2022, our reply is provided as below please.

As your requested information relates to welfare services of children, I
should be grateful for your consent for our referral of your request to
the Social Welfare Department for their direct reply.

Regards

Access to information Officer
Immigration Department

From:        Records and Data Management Section <[Immigration Department request email]>
To:        Raquel Amador <[FOI #982 email]>
Date:        01/03/2022 10:36
Subject:        Re: Request for information under Code on Access to
Information( Application no. ImmD/RM/6-5/10/2022/082(R))

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Dear Raquel Amador,
                 
Thank you for your email.

Your application is now under processing.  According to paragraph 1.16 of
the Code on Access to Information, our department will inform you of the
latest progress of the case separately on or before 15 March 2022.

Regards

(Mr S T Lam)
for Director of Immigration

From:        Raquel Amador <[FOI #982 email]>
To:        Records and Data Management Section <[Immigration Department request email]>
Date:        23/02/2022 13:17
Subject:        Re: Request for information under Code on Access to
Information( Application no. ImmD/RM/6-5/10/2022/082(R))

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Dear Immigration Department,

Thank you for your response and request for clarification. In my request,
I was using the term 'migrant' to refer to persons who do not have
permanent residency in Hong Kong.

Yours sincerely,

Raquel Amador

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Dear Immigration Department

Thank you for your email. Please refer the request to the Social Welfare Department, thank you.

Yours sincerely,

Raquel Amador

Records and Data Management Section, Immigration Department

Dear Raquel Amador,

Your request has been transferred to Social Welfare Department today (18
March 2022).

Access to Information Officer
Immigration Department

From:        Raquel Amador <[FOI #982 email]>
To:        Records and Data Management Section <[Immigration Department request email]>
Date:        18/03/2022 13:52
Subject:        Re: 轉寄: Re: Request for information under Code on
Access to Information( Application no. ImmD/RM/6-5/10/2022/082(R))

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Dear Immigration Department

Thank you for your email. Please refer the request to the Social Welfare
Department, thank you.

Yours sincerely,

Raquel Amador

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Immigration Department

Dear Raquel Amador,

 

Code on Access to Information

Application No. 14/2022

 

Thank you for your email dated 18 March 2022 to the Immigration Department
(“ImmD”) for transferring your request for access to information on 14
February 2022 and clarification on 23 February 2022 to the Social Welfare
Department (“SWD”) regarding the migrant children who are taken into
government care, NGO-run children homes, private-run children homes, or
other relevant institutions:-

 

(1)   In what circumstances a migrant child would be taken into (a)
government care, (b) NGO-run children homes, or (c) private-run children
homes; and

(2)   What are the relevant guidelines and procedures in these
circumstances?

 

We noted from your email dated 23 February 2022 clarifying that you were
using the term “migrant” to refer to persons who do not have permanent
residency in Hong Kong.  Our reply is as follows:

 

The admission of a “migrant child” into NGO-run or private-run children
homes is subject to their respective criteria and procedures, and SWD does
not have this information.  A “migrant child” put under government care
(i.e. Tuen Mun Children and Juvenile Home) has to be ordered by the court,
or referred by Police or ImmD under respective ordinances.  SWD does not
have the guidelines and procedures of these parties.

 

Should you have any enquiries, please feel free to contact the undersigned
at 2892 5628.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

(Ms Heather CHAN)

for Director of Social Welfare

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