Friends from Hong Kong: Taiwan’s refugee problem
- October 23, 2019
- Lev Nachman, poli sci, in The Diplomat
Over the course of Hong Kong’s “Summer of Unrest,” Taiwan’s government has offered
more than just solidarity — it has welcomed fleeing Hong Kong protesters political
refugees. Tsai Ing-wen, who is up for re-election in January, went so far as to say
that “friends from Hong Kong” will be considered for asylum on humanitarian grounds.
Even the Kuomintang (KMT) — the party in Taiwan that supports closer relations with
China — has expressed support for the protesters and condemned the excessive use of
force by Hong Kong’s police. Over the summer, two solidarity marches were held in
Taipei that were attended by 10,000 and 100,000 people respectively. Given apparent
bipartisan support for Hong Kong’s protesters, and seemingly significant public support,
will Taiwan become a safe haven for Hong Kongers looking for asylum?
Read on, courtesy of The Diplomat: https://thediplomat.com/2019/10/friends-from-hong-kong-taiwans-refugee-problem/