|South Asians Became, Becoming Part of Hong Kong China's Identity|
|Written by Iris Chan Pui Shan|
|Tuesday, 08 May 2007|
Nationality Law of the People's Republic of China
According to the Article 18 of and Annex III to the Basic Law of the HKSAR. The Nationality Law of the People's Republic of China (PRC) shall be implemented in the HKSAR from 1 July 1997, the date of reunification with China. Hong Kong residents of Chinese descent and was born in the Chinese territories (including Hong Kong), or satisfying the criteria laid down in the Nationality Law of the People's Republic of China for having Chinese nationality, are Chinese nationals. As a result, the majority of Hong Kong citizens are naturalized as Chinese nationals.
South Asians applying for Chinese nationality
What about the identity of South Asians, especially those who have taken roots in Hong Kong and calling Hong Kong home? People were speculating the future of after-1997 Hong Kong after China has resumed the sovereignty; meanwhile, South Asians were applying for "Chinese naturalization".
According to the HKSAR press release dated on May 18, 2005, since the handover, the Immigration Department has received 4,372 applications for Chinese naturalisation. It said it has completed processing 3,999 applications and 95% of them were approved.The largest single category of applicants were Indonesians of 1735, followed by 833 Pakistanis , 552 Indians and 547 Vietnamese. It was claimed that these nationalities also comprised a large group of approved applicants. However, the exact success rate of these applications by ethnicity is not revealed by the Immigration Department.
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