Hong Kong citizens who are currently in Western Australia are highly likely to stay following Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Immigration Minister Alan Tudge’s announcement of permanent residency pathway.
During the press conference this morning, the Federal Government announced that they will suspend the extradition agreement with Hong Kong, and a five year visa extension for Hong Kong citizens in Australia with permanent residency pathways.
Sunny Cheng, Association Of Hong Kongers in WA says many Hong Kong students in Perth were relieved about the announcement, with vast majority of them planning to stay indefinitely.
Many of them fear arrests as the National Security legislation began imposing in Hong Kong.
“Whether they (Federal Government) provide permanent residency to Hong Kongers or not, it’s Australia’s policy. Of course, we’ll be very grateful that if the Australian Government can guarantee the permeant residency, but we can only hope for the best,” Mr Cheng said.
“We hope the government actually can provide some sort of guarantee that that Hong Kongers in Perth can be provided with permanent residency.”
Although the announcement is positive, some students are “waiting to see” further developments before making decisions on whether to stay or not.
“It’s still a wait and see situation, we also need to know more about the pathways to permanent residency, understand what the pathway is and we can start to work on that,” he said.