The research team will publish research briefs, academic articles, and media pieces, and integrate them into advocacy and educational activities.

Media publications

Ming Pao
Feb 18, 2022

突如其來的檢疫隔離 無法預期的入境羈留

將檢疫隔離類比為羈留並不令人訝異,特別是入境羈留,因為兩者皆不是因為犯罪,而是以公共利益而被禁閉。不過「隔離」與「羈留」在待遇、設施以至禁閉期等方面,可謂有天壤之別,因此不能相提並論。 Read more (Chi only)

The Diplomat
Dec 30, 2021

Bio-tracked, Mistreated, Hog-tied: Immigration Detention in East Asia in 2021

A review of immigration detention in Hong Kong, Japan, and South Korea in 2021 shows that the disturbing mix of opaque and easily-imposed detention, detainee vulnerability, and public apathy can have serious, and sometimes fatal, consequences. Read more

South China Morning Post
May 16, 2021

Hong Kong immigration bill: baseless rhetoric on refugees only hurts the most vulnerable

Particularly since 2016, refugees have been scapegoated and detained to suit the political platforms of certain lawmakers. Rhetoric that has no basis in data translates into very real consequences for vulnerable migrants. Read more; See our sources

Border Criminologies (University of Oxford)
April 26, 2021

Overused, Underexamined? Immigration Detention in Hong Kong

Our early findings indicate that many immigration detainees in Hong Kong are low-income migrant workers and non-refoulement claimants. The legal framework is designed in ways that renders these groups more susceptible to detention. Read more

The Diplomat
Feb 18, 2021

Hostile Harbor: Proposed Legal Reform Bodes Ill for Vulnerable Migrants in Hong Kong

If it passes, the Immigration (Amendment) Bill will make an asylum system that is already harsh even less hospitable toward people fleeing persecution in their home countries. Read more

International Detention Coalition
Oct 29, 2020

Covid-19 Impacts on Immigration Detention: Global Responses (p21-23)

In this article, we discuss the Hong Kong S.A.R. government’s COVID-19 response in relation to irregular migrants and asylum seekers. Read more


April 22, 2022 

Data on detention: Using official data in qualitative research

In collaboration with Society for Hong Kong Studies

In this workshop, we discuss the landscape of open government data and challenges in accessing data. We share our efforts in obtaining official data through access-to-information (ATI) requests via the Code on Access to Information, including specific examples of challenges we faced and how we navigated them. More information here.

Workshop training

Mar 18, 2022

Interpreters’ training, in collaboration with Centre for Harmony and Enhancement of Ethnic Minority Residents (CHEER)

Nov 6-7, 2021

Interpreters’ training, in collaboration with Centre for Harmony and Enhancement of Ethnic Minority Residents (CHEER)


Mar 15, 2022

Global citizenship

Guest lecture at The Education University of Hong Kong

The 1-hour seminar was conducted as a guest lecture for the class Citizenship Education: Implications for Global and HK Studies. The talk discussed citizenship as a process of inclusion and exclusion, the non-citizen, and citizenship in relation to migration and immigration detention in the context of Hong Kong.

Feb 22, 2022

Know Your Rights


This seminar focuses on Know Your Rights information for migrant domestic workers, with Tagalog interpretation.

Feb 3, 2022

Know Your Rights

(Indonesian Bahasa)

In collaboration with Centre for Migrant Domestic Workers at Christian Action

This seminar focuses on Know Your Rights information for migrant domestic workers, with Indonesian Bahasa interpretation.

March 31, 2021

Refugee Protection in Hong Kong Today

In collaboration with The Chinese University of Hong Kong Library

Recording of the webinar

The talk was co-hosted with The Chinese University of Hong Kong Library as part of a series of events organized by the exhibition Nàng Tự Do, an exhibition of artwork produced in the detention camps during the arrivals of the Vietnamese refugees. More information here.


Feb 4-6, 2022

Visualising the law: Immigration detention in Hong Kong, presented at Outlier Conference 2022 (Data Visualization Society)

Sept 16-18, 2021

A Hub that can never be a Home: Low-income Migrants and Crimmigration in Hong Kong, presented at Global Borderlands: Getting to the Core of Crimmigration