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UK unveils $59M fund to support Hong Kongers as protest leader granted asylum

April 8, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Hong Kong activist Nathan Law is photographed in London, England, on December 9, 2020. Sarah Tilotta/CNN

The United Kingdom has unveiled a £43 million ($59 million) fund to support Hong Kongers emigrating to the country under a new scheme for holders of British National (Overseas) passports.

Hundreds of thousands of Hong Kongers are expected to move to the UK under the scheme, which provides a path to citizenship for 3 million people eligible for BN(O) status -- and their estimated 2. 3 million eligible dependants.

"Backed by over £43 million, the Hong Kong British Nationals (Overseas) Integration Programme will help status holders access housing, work and educational support to ensure they are able to quickly integrate and contribute to their newfound communities," the UK Home Office said in a statement.

"The move delivers on the UK's historic and moral commitment to the people of Hong Kong who chose to retain their ties to the UK by taking up BN(O) status in 1997.

Law said he hoped the Home Office would "consider more comprehensive evidence" in cases involving Hong Kong protesters, so as to enable more to claim asylum in the UK.

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