Hong Kong Limits Pregnant Chinese Women – Sylvia Hui
From AP via LA Times:
Pregnant women from mainland China who are near their due date will be turned away at Hong Kong borders if they cannot prove they have appointments in the city’s hospitals, officials said Tuesday. The number of births by mainland Chinese women in Hong Kong nearly doubled in 2005 — from 10,128 in 2003 to 19,538 — according to the city’s Hospital Authority. Many come to evade China’s one-child policy, take advantage of higher quality health care or earn Hong Kong residency rights for their babies.
The former British colony of Hong Kong is now under Chinese rule, but it remains separately governed and maintains immigration controls. Hong Kong residency, which is required to live in the city, is coveted by mainland Chinese because of the higher standard of living here and prospect of a better education for their children.[Full Text]