Global Cities & Illegality

In this era of globalization the movement of wealthy and highly skilled individuals to global cities has been paralleled by the migration of undesirable others.

This project examined how global cities force migrants to cope with illegality, focusing on unwanted people in Hong Kong. It provides an understanding of the structural and individual agency factors that explain the surge of ‘unskilled’ migratory movements to global cities, using Hong King as a case study.

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Project updates

  • Rashid, a Pakistani refugee living in Hong Kong, recently wrote a post for our NGO partners Vision First. Rashid wrote of his experiences living in Hong Kong as a refugee on a very personal level. Life for Rashid is difficult and in a state of disrepair with limited access to opportunities for establishing a protected, ... Read more
  • The Global Cities and Illegality project found that illegalization of asylum seekers effectively produces classes of individuals who are subject to levels of control that confine them to specific socioeconomic sectors. This development benefits certain strata of the legal resident population who are more likely to be negatively affected by income and occupational polarization. Thus, ... Read more
  • Francesco Vecchio (a Border Crossing Observatory researcher) recently took a close look at Hong Kong’s treatment of asylum seekers, writing an article with Gordon Mathews, published on the South China Morning Post website.    The Hong Kong government, in its treatment of asylum seekers, is apparently trying to be humane. However, the effect of its policy is the ... Read more