Dreams of Pakistani Children

According to the Hong Kong Poverty Situation Report on Ethnic Minorities 2014, the poverty rate of South Asians was at 22.6 percent.


Pakistanis are facing the most extreme poverty situation, with a poverty rate of 50.2 percent, i.e. one out of two Pakistanis are poor. In terms of education, Pakistani children have (15.6 percent) among the largest dropout rates from secondary schools, with the Pakistani student population halving between Secondary 1 school entry to Secondary 6 graduation in the 2014-2015 academic year. 

What is more, in 2013, 4.7 percent of total domestic violence complaints recorded by the Social Welfare Department (SWD) related to ethnic minority victims. Between April and December 2013, 3.4 percent of the total cases recorded by the Family and Child Protection Services Unit (FCPSU) of SWD related to ethnic minority victims. It is believed that the cases related to ethnic minorities are likely to be underreported.

Through a series of in-depth interviews with Pakistani teenagers in Hong Kong, this project aims to:

  • Understand the impact of early/child marriage on the well-being of the children (education, development, etc.)

  • Explore the needs of the girls/boys in order to provide insight to develop a programme for them.

  • Highlight areas for further research studies and/or service interventions.

  • Outline an agenda of items for critical and urgent reform of government law and policies. 

A report with findings of the research is available here.

Sponsors and supporting organisations

Plan International Hong Kong

For more information

Dr. Ravina Lalvani

Project Manager