Refugee protest movement in Hong Kong

  • Francesco Vecchio
  • Cosmo Beatson

Press/Media: Press / Media

Period26 Mar 2015 → 01 Jun 2015

Media contributions


Media contributions

  • TitleRefugees organize new union in Hong Kong
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletWaging Non-Violence
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    PersonsFrancesco Vecchio
  • TitleTrouble in Paradise
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletopenDemocracy
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    DescriptionThis article in based on ethnographic fieldwork conducted in 2014 in Hong Kong. Starting by exploring the reasons why refugees organized in a union and peacefully occupied a footbridge in the busiest financial area of Hong Kong, the article analyzes the involvement of a non-governmental organization as a government agent in creating conditions that reduced refugees to the status of reluctant supplicants. In so doing, the article raises a number of issues that humanitarian organizations should be aware of when accepting government money to protect the rights and interests of the vulnerable populations they aim to serve. Humanitarianism has been the focus of academic research in disciplines such as anthropology and development studies for a number of years. However, this is a relatively new area in criminology, where attention is now drawn to the criminogenic conditions that may be created by humanitarian and aid workers unintentionally contributing to enforce a status of social and legal precariousness for the people they should instead advocate for. This article was followed by a more nuanced commentary published in the international journal Race & Class.
    PersonsFrancesco Vecchio, Cosmo Beatson