Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 1st March 2022.
Which civil society groups have you worked with to decide how the fund for the resettlement of Hong Kongers will be spent in London?
Improving social integration in London has been one of my main priorities since taking office. In accordance with my social integration strategy ‘All of Us’, the GLA has sought to base its Hong Kong BN(O) Integration Programme on community evidence and the lived experience of Hongkongers in the city.
For this reason, the GLA has been engaging with equity led Hongkonger civil society groups and organisations across the city, including Hongkongers in Britain, Hong Kong ARC, Hackney Chinese Community Services and Sutton Hongkongers, to better understand the most urgent community needs and the role the GLA can play in meeting these. Before designing an integration programme, my officers have undertaken an engagement exercise with surveys and focus groups of Hongkongers, and consulted with expert stakeholders in relevant fields, including UK Welcomes Refugees and Thrive London to assess, coordinate, and support the existing service offering and resources available to Hongkongers.