Global Migration Legal Clinic

The Global Migration Legal Clinic focuses on the growing number of people across Asia who migrate from their home each year in search of better work opportunities. In Hong Kong alone, 10% of the working population are foreign domestic workers. The HK government recently announced that the number of said workers will grow from approximately 370,000 to over 600,000 in a matter of decades. Moreover, because of ageing populations and diminishing growth, unskilled migrant workers are increasingly important to economies across Asia, with nations such as China, Japan, and South Korea recently enacting laws allowing unskilled migrants to work in-country. 

Conversely, as the amount of labor migration increases, the instances of abuse also increase. There are more slaves and bonded workers in the world today than at any time prior, and the vast majority of these workers are found in Asia. Recent studies have shown that a majority of foreign domestic workers in HK have been abused or deceived in some fashion, and the US government has categorized HK as a Tier-2 Watch country on its Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report for multiple years running. 

Students in this Clinic study and assist with specific legal casework and problems, and devise holistic solutions to migration problems. While our solutions often involve legal recourse or research of some kind, students in this Clinic also explore broader solutions, including: education and community legal empowerment, media and social media exposure, lobbying, commercial solutions, etc.

Our Clinic partners with the Migrant Workers ProjectMigrasia Global Solutions Limited and EmpowerU.

This project is supported by the HKU Knowledge Exchange Fund granted by the University Grants Committee.