Theological Reflection
The Right of Abode and the Social Exclusion of Foreign Domestic Workers in Hong Kong


A. The Issue on the Right of Abode in Hong Kong
1.What is “Right of Abode” (RoA)?
2.Under the law, who can be eligible for the right of Abode?
3.Why FDWs are not “eligible” for the Right of Abodeļ¼Ÿ
1. What is “Right of Abode”?
Hong Kong permanent residents possess the "right of abode”, meaning they are allowed to live in Hong Kong without subject to a condition of stay, and the right to not be deported or removed.
Essentially, this is a quasi-citizenship for Hong Kong, but both Chinese and non-Chinese citizens can hold this status.
Under the law, who can be eligible for the right of abode?
Article 24 (4) of the Basic Law - “A person not of Chinese nationality who has entered Hong Kong with a valid travel document, has ordinarily resided in Hong Kong for a continuous period of not less than 7 years and has taken Hong Kong as his place of permanent residence before or after the establishment of the HKSAR.”
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