The House News
5 July 2013
The Government considers admitting anchor baby parents to work in Hong Kong, says the Chief Secretary
The Chief Secretary for Administration, Mrs. Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor made comments on population policy while attending Legco meeting on 3rd July. She said that in designing population policies, the parents of anchor babies should be considered as the potential new blood to the human resource pool of Hong Kong, as many of them are well educated.
According to the Nanfang Daily and the Commercial Radio, Mrs. Lam Cheng, while concluding her speech in the meeting, pointed out that the birth rate in Hong Kong is on the decline, total workforce will drop from 3.55 million people in 2018 to 3.37 million in 2035. The Government should consider admitting talents and strengthen education and training. According to the surveys from the Census and Statistics Department, many parents of the anchor babies are well educated and with decent jobs. The Hong Kong society should consider making good use of them, instead of merely focusing on the social resources aspect.
She also pointed out that in designing population policy, the first priority should be given to consider to the talents and needs of the Hong Kong people. Admitting foreign population serves to meet the shortages in workforce and professionals, and to maximize Hong Kong’s competitiveness. In implementing the policies, however, Hong Kong people’s interests should be protected, and the Government should help the new immigrants to integrate into the society.