Joint Statement by the Hong Kong Welcome Hubs Regarding Article 23

“The Hong Kong British National Overseas (BN(O)) Welcome Hubs are aware of the impact the news of the recent enactment of the Safeguarding National Security Ordinance under Article 23 of the Basic Law in Hong Kong will have had on the BN(O) community across the UK. The Foreign Secretary issued the following statement regarding the new legislation on 19 March: Hong Kong national security legislation: UK statement – GOV.UK (

We continue to work closely with the BN(O) community and the UK Government to understand how the new legislation in Hong Kong could impact Hongkongers who have settled in the UK. If you, or BN(O) visa holders you support, are concerned or anxious about how the new legislation could impact them or their families, please contact your regional Welcome Hub. Any information received will be kept in confidence. Where individuals have concerns for their safety, they are advised to contact the police in the first instance. If you are planning to travel to Hong Kong, we encourage you to consult the latest travel advice ahead of your departure – Hong Kong (SAR of China) travel advice – GOV.UK (

The Welcome Hubs remain steadfast in our commitment to delivering the Welcome Programme to help BN(O)s build a new life in the UK.”

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