Migrants can be an asset to Hong Kong

Albert Einstein, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Yao Ming have one thing in common – they are all immigrants who exploded into the public eye and changed the world for the better. But for every immigrant who makes it to the NBA or becomes a governor, there are hundreds of thousands of migrants who simply try to make a better life for themselves in their new country.

 

The immigrant journey is one of courage, struggle and new beginnings. Whether migrants are fleeing from violence, pursuing education or just trying to provide for their family, they face an intimidating array of challenges. A daunting visa process, an unfamiliar language, lack of opportunities and racism are all issues that migrants face.

 

Government programs that help non-Chinese minorities are grossly lacking. There is a refusal to acknowledge fundamental cultural, social and physical differences between the local population and minority populations, leading to a lack of simple programs like translation aids, customized healthcare, educational facilities and basic Cantonese language teaching. This lack of help makes integrating difficult for migrants, and ultimately leads to further segregation and xenophobia in Hong Kong.

 

Youth are the Future

 

The future of any community lies in its youth, and minority youth struggle in Hong Kong. Kindergarten and Form 5 school dropout rates for minorities are 2 to 3 times higher than average, and even those who graduate often leave secondary school without valuable skills necessary in university and the work force.  Huge number of minority children live under the poverty line. Without help, these communities will fall into a vicious cycle.

 

Move4Migrants aims to bring minority and migrant children to their full potential through support in four areas. These four pillars are:

 

  1. Health

  2. Athletic

  3. Educational

  4. Professional

 

Through our partnerships with reputable charity partners, Move4Migrants will provide much needed healthcare services to minority youth, allowing them to remain healthy and productive. Scholarships and prizes will be given out at our Walk4Migrants and Squash4Migrants events which will provide teenagers and children with academic help and tutoring as well as career workshops and profile building seminars.

Over 50%

of minority or migrant children don't spreak Cantonese

Almost 75%

of minority residents perform low-paying unskilled jobs

Over 32%

of minority children live under the poverty line 

2x to 3x

likelier to drop out of Kindergarten or Form 5