8,000 mainland adult children to reside in Macau

Friday, September 18, 2009
Issue 822, Page 1 & 4
Word count: 333
Published in: Macau Daily Times

By Poyi (Natalie) Leung

After years of negotiations, estimated 8,000 adult children born in the mainland to Macau parents will finally be allowed to reunite with their families by applications starting the first half of December this year.

The “Macau Adult Children Issues Special Committee” held a meeting at the government headquarters yesterday, which was attended by Identification Bureau (DSI) director Lai Ieng Kit, lawmakers Chan Meng Kam and Leong Heng Teng, and members of the “Macau Development and Reunion Association” formed by local parents whose adult children remain living in mainland China.

Chairman of the association, Chong Tek Chi, told reporters after the meeting DSI director for the first time forwarded a written message from the chief departments of the Chinese central government that the family reunion proposal will be included in the regular arrangements of people wishing to settle in Macau.

Yet, he said the move will not affect the existing waiting list of mainlanders coming to reside in Macau.

The applications will be accepted starting the first half of December and approved by mainland public security authorities in separate phases.

Parents will be required to go to the Chinese soil in order to lodge applications.

The DSI director’s message also said that the mainland authorities and DSI are currently studying and confirming details and specific arrangements of the plan.

The “Macau Development and Reunion Association” said they estimated that 8,000 mainland adult children will benefit from the move.

According to incumbent lawmaker Chan Meng Kam, between the late 1970s and early 1980s, a large group of new immigrants mainly from Guangdong and Fujian Provinces were approved to reside in Macau.

After that, their young children who were remained in the mainland failed to come to Macau to reunite with their parents, since the government suspended relevant entry applications for almost two decades, Mr Chan said.

Therefore, this group of children were already grown ups (failing to meet the statutory application requirement of below 18 years old) by the time when the application was resumed.

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