Number of non-refoulement claimants in education

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Dear Education Bureau,

Can you let me know how many children of non-refoulement claimants (AKA refugees, Form 8 holders, or however you classify those seeking asylum in Hong Kong) are eligible and currently attending school in Hong Kong?

Yours faithfully,

Scott Edmunds

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Dear Mr Edmunds,
Code on Access to Information
Application No. 54/18
This refers to your application under the Code on Access to Information
(the Code) on 29 September 2018 regarding school attendance of non-local
students.  

I write to inform you that the Education Bureau does not possess the
requested information.

Yours sincerely,

Henry KC YAN
for Secretary for Education

From:        Scott Edmunds <[FOI #311 email]>
To:        FOI requests at Education Bureau <[Education Bureau request email]>
Date:        29/09/18 02:09
Subject:        Freedom of Information request - Number of non-refoulement
claimants in education

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Dear Education Bureau,

Can you let me know how many children of non-refoulement claimants (AKA
refugees, Form 8 holders, or however you classify those seeking asylum in
Hong Kong) are eligible and currently attending school in Hong Kong?

Yours faithfully,

Scott Edmunds

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Dear Education Bureau,

Following up on my request to find out the number of non-refoulement claimants attending school in Hong Kong, the immigration department states:

"children whose stay in Hong Kong is illegal but are granted recognizance as an alternative to detention must apply to the Education Bureau (EDB) if they wish to attend school in Hong Kong."

See: https://accessinfo.hk/en/request/number_...

If these families are applying to you, and you are the department making decision on the application, then this is the data I am asking for. If you do not have the total number currently under education then statistics on the number of applications made, passed and failed per year for the last few years you have this data would suffice.

Yours faithfully,

Scott Edmunds

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Hong Kong Special Administrative Region

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香港特別行政區  教育局謹覆

Dear Mr Edmunds,
Code on Access to Information
Application No. 54/18
This refers to your email dated 21 October 2018, providing further
information on your previous request for information regarding school
attendance of non-local students.  

We are now searching for the requested information for the past three
school years (i.e. 2015/16, 2016/17, 2017/18).  You will be further
advised by 30 October 2018.

Yours sincerely,

Henry KC YAN
for Secretary for Education

From:        Scott Edmunds <[FOI #311 email]>
To:        FOI requests at Education Bureau <[Education Bureau request email]>
Date:        21/10/18 16:23
Subject:        Re: Application for Access to Information (Case No: 54/18)

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Dear Education Bureau,

Following up on my request to find out the number of non-refoulement
claimants attending school in Hong Kong, the immigration department
states:

"children whose stay in Hong Kong is illegal but are granted recognizance
as an alternative to detention must apply to the Education Bureau (EDB) if
they wish to attend school in Hong Kong."

See:
[1]https://accessinfo.hk/en/request/number_...

If these families are applying to you, and you are the department making
decision on the application, then this is the data I am asking for. If you
do not have the total number currently under education then statistics on
the number of applications made, passed and failed per year for the last
few years you have this data would suffice.

Yours faithfully,

Scott Edmunds

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Dear Mr Edmunds,
Code on Access to Information
Application No. 54/18
This refers to your email dated 21 October 2018, providing further
information on your previous request for information regarding school
attendance of non-local students.  

We are now preparing for the requested information.  In accordance with
paragraph 1.16 of the Code on Access to Information, you will be further
advised by 11 November 2018.

Yours sincerely,

Henry KC YAN
for Secretary for Education

From:        Henry KC YAN/EDB/HKSARG
To:        Scott Edmunds <[FOI #311 email]>
Date:        22/10/2018 18:27
Subject:        Application for Access to Information (Case No: 54/18)

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Dear Mr Edmunds,
Code on Access to Information
Application No. 54/18
This refers to your email dated 21 October 2018, providing further
information on your previous request for information regarding school
attendance of non-local students.  

We are now searching for the requested information for the past three
school years (i.e. 2015/16, 2016/17, 2017/18).  You will be further
advised by 30 October 2018.

Yours sincerely,

Henry KC YAN
for Secretary for Education

From:        Scott Edmunds <[FOI #311 email]>
To:        FOI requests at Education Bureau <[Education Bureau request email]>
Date:        21/10/18 16:23
Subject:        Re: Application for Access to Information (Case No: 54/18)

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Dear Education Bureau,

Following up on my request to find out the number of non-refoulement
claimants attending school in Hong Kong, the immigration department
states:

"children whose stay in Hong Kong is illegal but are granted recognizance
as an alternative to detention must apply to the Education Bureau (EDB) if
they wish to attend school in Hong Kong."

See:
[1]https://accessinfo.hk/en/request/number_...

If these families are applying to you, and you are the department making
decision on the application, then this is the data I am asking for. If you
do not have the total number currently under education then statistics on
the number of applications made, passed and failed per year for the last
few years you have this data would suffice.

Yours faithfully,

Scott Edmunds

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Dear Mr Edmunds,
Code on Access to Information
Application No. 54/18
This refers to your email dated 21 October 2018 regarding the application
under the Code on Access to Information (the Code).  

Children who have no legal right to remain in Hong Kong will not be
allowed to attend schools in Hong Kong and will be repatriated.  For those
who claim to have the right to remain in Hong Kong or refugees, and
non-refoulement claimants liable to removal and have entered into
recognizance in the prescribed form by the Director of Immigration,
consideration may be given on a case by case basis to allow them to
receive education temporarily.  When approached by parents of these
children, the Education Bureau (EDB) will seek comments of Immigration
Department (ImmD).  Upon confirmation from ImmD that there are no comments
on allowing these children to attend schools in Hong Kong, EDB will
provide placement assistance as appropriate having regard to their
district of residence and learning level.

As there are always movement of children of refugees and non-refoulement
claimants, such as departure from Hong Kong, EDB does not have information
on the number of these children enrolled in Hong Kong education system.
Nevertheless, we can provide the information on the number of cases
requiring placement assistance from EDB for children of refugees and
non-refoulement claimants from 2015 to 2017 as follows -

Total no. of No. of cases which ImmD
cases has no comment on No. of cases No. of withdrawn
Year  requiring allowing the children to which ImmD has cases
placement attend schools in Hong comments
assistance Kong
2015 198 197 1 0
2016 228 220 7 1
2017 193 189 3 1

Note: Figures for 2018 are being collected and not available at the
moment.

Yours sincerely,

Henry KC YAN
for Secretary for Education

From:        Henry KC YAN/EDB/HKSARG
To:        Scott Edmunds <[FOI #311 email]>
Date:        24/10/2018 18:19
Subject:        Application for Access to Information (Case No: 54/18)

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Dear Mr Edmunds,
Code on Access to Information
Application No. 54/18
This refers to your email dated 21 October 2018, providing further
information on your previous request for information regarding school
attendance of non-local students.  

We are now preparing for the requested information.  In accordance with
paragraph 1.16 of the Code on Access to Information, you will be further
advised by 11 November 2018.

Yours sincerely,

Henry KC YAN
for Secretary for Education

From:        Henry KC YAN/EDB/HKSARG
To:        Scott Edmunds <[FOI #311 email]>
Date:        22/10/2018 18:27
Subject:        Application for Access to Information (Case No: 54/18)

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Dear Mr Edmunds,
Code on Access to Information
Application No. 54/18
This refers to your email dated 21 October 2018, providing further
information on your previous request for information regarding school
attendance of non-local students.  

We are now searching for the requested information for the past three
school years (i.e. 2015/16, 2016/17, 2017/18).  You will be further
advised by 30 October 2018.

Yours sincerely,

Henry KC YAN
for Secretary for Education

From:        Scott Edmunds <[FOI #311 email]>
To:        FOI requests at Education Bureau <[Education Bureau request email]>
Date:        21/10/18 16:23
Subject:        Re: Application for Access to Information (Case No: 54/18)

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Dear Education Bureau,

Following up on my request to find out the number of non-refoulement
claimants attending school in Hong Kong, the immigration department
states:

"children whose stay in Hong Kong is illegal but are granted recognizance
as an alternative to detention must apply to the Education Bureau (EDB) if
they wish to attend school in Hong Kong."

See:
[1]https://accessinfo.hk/en/request/number_...

If these families are applying to you, and you are the department making
decision on the application, then this is the data I am asking for. If you
do not have the total number currently under education then statistics on
the number of applications made, passed and failed per year for the last
few years you have this data would suffice.

Yours faithfully,

Scott Edmunds

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Dear Henry,

Thanks for digging this data out for me. The accessinfo platform has messed up the formatting and I can't read the rows properly so can you reply and upload a pdf or excel version of the table? Or send the data directly to my email address: [email address]

Yours faithfully,

Scott Edmunds

Thank you for your e-mail.
This message is an acknowledgement of receipt of your e-mail.  Your e-mail
will be forwarded to the responsible officer for processing/reply.
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Education Bureau
Hong Kong Special Administrative Region

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香港特別行政區  教育局謹覆

Dear Mr Edmunds,
Code on Access to Information
Application No. 54/18

This refers to your email dated 12 November 2018 regarding the application
under the Code on Access to Information (the Code) which we have replied
you on 6 November 2018.  As per your request, our reply dated 6 November
2018 is reproduced below.

Yours sincerely,

Henry KC YAN
for Secretary for Education

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From:        Henry KC YAN/EDB/HKSARG
To:        [FOI #311 email]
Date:        06/11/2018 16:37
Subject:        Application for Access to Information (Case No: 54/18)

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Dear Mr Edmunds,
Code on Access to Information
Application No. 54/18
This refers to your email dated 21 October 2018 regarding the application
under the Code on Access to Information (the Code).  

Children who have no legal right to remain in Hong Kong will not be
allowed to attend schools in Hong Kong and will be repatriated.  For those
who claim to have the right to remain in Hong Kong or refugees, and
non-refoulement claimants liable to removal and have entered into
recognizance in the prescribed form by the Director of Immigration,
consideration may be given on a case by case basis to allow them to
receive education temporarily.  When approached by parents of these
children, the Education Bureau (EDB) will seek comments of Immigration
Department (ImmD).  Upon confirmation from ImmD that there are no comments
on allowing these children to attend schools in Hong Kong, EDB will
provide placement assistance as appropriate having regard to their
district of residence and learning level.

As there are always movement of children of refugees and non-refoulement
claimants, such as departure from Hong Kong, EDB does not have information
on the number of these children enrolled in Hong Kong education system.
Nevertheless, we can provide the information on the number of cases
requiring placement assistance from EDB for children of refugees and
non-refoulement claimants from 2015 to 2017 as follows -

Total no. of No. of cases which ImmD
cases has no comment on No. of cases No. of withdrawn
Year  requiring allowing the children to which ImmD has cases
placement attend schools in Hong comments
assistance Kong
2015 198 197 1 0
2016 228 220 7 1
2017 193 189 3 1

Note: Figures for 2018 are being collected and not available at the
moment.

Yours sincerely,

Henry KC YAN
for Secretary for Education
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From:        Scott Edmunds <[FOI #311 email]>
To:        FOI requests at Education Bureau <[Education Bureau request email]>
Date:        12/11/18 15:50
Subject:        Re: Application for Access to Information (Case No: 54/18)

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Dear Henry,

Thanks for digging this data out for me. The accessinfo platform has
messed up the formatting and I can't read the rows properly so can you
reply and upload a pdf or excel version of the table? Or send the data
directly to my email address: [email address]

Yours faithfully,

Scott Edmunds

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