HK children face deportation

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The Independent Online
Thousands of mainland-born children face deportation from Hong Kong after a court rejected a legal challenge to an immigration law. Five children claimed a law introduced after Hong Kong's return to Chinese rule contravened the territory's constitution.

The Basic Law guarantees right of abode to the tens of thousands of mainland- born children of Hong Kong residents, but the new legislation dictated they must prove their status before arriving in the territory.

The offspring must now also obtain a one-way permit from the Chinese authorities to enter Hong Kong, which lawyers for the children said can take years.

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