School placements for school-aged non-refoulement claimants

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Dear Education Bureau,

I would appreciate if you can provide information on the following, for each year from 2014 – 2020:

(1) The number of school placement cases for school-aged non-refoulement claimants in which the Education Bureau (EDB) sought comments from the Immigration Department (ImmD)
(2) The number of cases in which the ImmD has no comment
(3) The number of cases in which the ImmD has comments
(4) The number of cases withdrawn

Thank you very much.

Kind Regards,
Rachel Li

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Yin Fan WU, 教育局

Dear Rachel,
Code on Access to Information
Application No. 23/2021
I refer to your application under the Code on Access to Information
received on 15 April 2021.

The Government provides 9-year free and universal basic education to
children aged between 6 and 15.  In general, and subject to the decision
of the Immigration Department (ImmD) in individual cases, there is no
objection to the entry and residence of a non-local child for the purpose
of attending a school registered under the Education Ordinance.

The Education Bureau (EDB), when approached by parents of these children
for placement assistance, will seek ImmD’s comments.  Upon ImmD’s
confirmation that there are no comments on allowing these children to
attend schools in Hong Kong, the EDB will provide placement assistance as
appropriate having regard to their district of residence and learning
level.

Information available on the number of cases requiring placement
assistance from the EDB for children of non-refoulement claimants is as
follows:

Year Total no. of No. of cases which No. of cases No. of
cases requiring ImmD has no comment on which ImmD has withdrawn cases
placement allowing  the children comments
assistance to attend schools in
Hong Kong
2015 199 198 1 0
2016 230 221 7 2
2017 222 215 6 1
2018 222 216 6 0
2019 203 199 4 0
2020 83 83 0 0

Yours sincerely,

Miss Nicole WU
for Secretary for Education
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From:        Rachel Li <[FOI #612 email]>
To:        FOI requests at Education Bureau <[Education Bureau request email]>
Date:        15/04/21 12:42
Subject:        Freedom of Information request - School placements for
school-aged non-refoulement claimants

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Dear Education Bureau,

I would appreciate if you can provide information on the following, for
each year from 2014 – 2020:

(1)                 The number of school placement cases for school-aged
non-refoulement claimants in which the Education Bureau (EDB) sought
comments from the Immigration Department (ImmD)
(2)                 The number of cases in which the ImmD has no comment
(3)                 The number of cases in which the ImmD has comments
(4)                 The number of cases withdrawn

Thank you very much.

Kind Regards,
Rachel Li

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Dear Nicole,

Thank you for the information.

It is stated in Hong Kong's fourth report to the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights that "in 2017, EDB sought comments from ImmD on 193 cases. Among them were a total of 189 cases (98%) where eligible school-aged children of non-refoulement claimants were granted school placements in Hong Kong" (Annex 2H, paragraph 3, available at: https://www.cmab.gov.hk/doc/en/documents...).

I would appreciate if you could clarify the discrepancy between the figures provided in the Report and the figures you provided.

Thank you,
Rachel Li

Enquiry for CSS, 教育局

Dear Rachel,
I refer to your further enquiry of 26 April 2021 regarding the number of
cases requiring placement assistance from the Education Bureau for
children of refugees and non-refoulement claimants in 2017.
The Education Bureau will update the total number of cases based on the
updated information received from time to time.  The latest information
has been provided in our letter to you dated 23 April 2021.  
Placement and Support Section
Education Bureau

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From: Rachel Li <[1][FOI #612 email]>
To: Yin Fan WU <[2][email address]>
Date: 26/04/2021 10:46
Subject: Re: Code on Access to Information (Case No: 23/2021)
Dear Nicole,
Thank you for the information. 
It is stated in Hong Kong's fourth report to the Committee on Economic,
Social and Cultural Rights that "in 2017, EDB sought comments from ImmD on
193 cases. Among them were a total of 189 cases (98%) where eligible
school-aged children of non-refoulement claimants were granted school
placements in Hong Kong" (Annex 2H, paragraph 3, available at:
[3]https://www.cmab.gov.hk/doc/en/documents...).
I would appreciate if you could clarify the discrepancy between the
figures provided in the Report and the figures you provided.
Thank you,
Rachel Li

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