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Working Paper


K. L. Alex Lau

Department/ Unit

David C. Lam Institute for East-West Studies


This paper sets out various unusual features in the immigration and nationality requirements applicable to Hong Kong (HK) while it was a British colony. The same issues after the change of sovereignty to the People’s Republic of China (PRC) in 1997 will also be discussed. It will be shown that many of these issues are quite different from those of other common law countries such as Canada or Australia . Many are driven by policy considerations rather than legal reasoning.

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