A UK-wide Church initiative has been launched to welcome Hong Kong residents migrating to the UK as a result of China’s increasing suppression in the city.
The website, www.UKHK.org, was launched in London on Friday by Home for Good founder Krish Kandiah with the help of the Bishop of London, Dame Sarah Mullally.
The website is available in English and Cantonese and will serve as a one-stop-shop for new arrivals from Hong Kong with information on everything they need to know about getting settled in the UK, from navigating the British education system and applying for jobs, to registering with a GP, travelling on public transport, and where they can find good Cantonese food.
Over 500 churches have already signed up to be ‘Hong Kong ready’ via the website, which has been launched after the UK Government opened the door to Hong Kong holders of the British National Overseas (BNO) passport.
Around 130,000 Hong Kongers are expected to arrive in the UK this year on the BNO visa in the largest planned migration to the UK since Windrush.
Hong Kong was a British colony until the handover in 1997, when the ‘one country, two systems’ principle was enacted.
However, Beijing last year ramped up its control of the Special Administrative Region by introducing the national security law that has led to the incarceration of numerous democracy activists, including Christian Joshua Wong.
Dr Krish Kandiah, founder and director of UKHK, said: “Moving continents is difficult at the best of times but it is particularly challenging during a global pandemic.
“That’s why we want to welcome the new arrivals here today in the centre of London, conjuring the spirit of the 2012 Olympics, and show off the best of Great Britain.
“In normal times, we would also have liked to put on special events, like concerts, dances, poetry recitals, film screenings, park football matches, picnics, and supper clubs.
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SOURCE: Christian Today