FROM TRANSIT TO NEW LIVES (2014 -2016)
Hong Kong

Supported in part by WYNG Foundation



From Transit to New Lives investigates refugees’ intermediary lives in Hong Kong. Through field research and documentation of several asylum seekers’ movements in Hong Kong, this project attempts to unfold the seemingly homogeneous social landscape in the heart of Metropolitan Asia, and moreover reconsiders the idea of body and mobility bound by indefinite destinations in indefinite futures. 
 
Hong Kong is a transition locale for asylum seekers to receive refugee status determination. Over 10,000 asylum claims were made in the area in 2016 and the number is increasing, with the majority of claimants from South Asian and African countries. An average of less than 0.05% of claims in Hong Kong are recognized and granted third-country resettlement resolution, whereas 42% of the claims are put on pending reviews lasting over 7 years— leaving thousands of individuals in a “permanently temporary” state. 

From Transit to New Lives is an ongoing inquiry on humans, places, and identifications in the context of refuge and mobility. It looks into the emotive as well as the factual contradictions of undermined bodies within a city(s) overwhelmed by capital and commerce, and hopes to connect all people through sharing stories of simple yet exceptional everyday struggles. 
 

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BILLY H.C. KWOK ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Arif's mother sits in her room in Dhaka, Bangladesh in 2015. Arif left his entire family and escaped to Hong Kong in 2009. His father past away in 2014, leaving his mother with a younger brother at home in Bangladesh.