Document Type: Conference Papers
Year published: 1996
Conference: Hong Kong Educational Research Association (HKERA) 13th Annual Conference: Restructuring Schools in Changing Societies (1996: The Hong Kong Institute of Education, Hong Kong, China)
During the past decade, there has been a rapid increase of immigrants from Mainland China to Hong Kong. It is estimated that there will be altogether at least 64,000 children joining in our society before 1997. It requires approximately 60 new schools to accommodate all the new comers. (Ming Pao, 95.3.15). There is no doubt that all immigrants have to face constellation of problems. They have to face a society with completely different norms and beliefs, different political atmosphere and different culture. This research aims to identify the needs of young immigrants from Mainland China, and factors affecting the adaptation process. Besides, it is also our interest to evaluate the effect of the adaptation programmes funded by the Education Department. The samples consists of 1036 new immigrants aged from 6 to 18 who studied in Sham Shui Po district. Data were collected by a self-reported questionnaire administrated in groups. Findings in this research provide a clear picture about the adaptation of the new young immigrants, and hopefully give useful information to policy makers concerned.