Macau (MNA) – The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has confirmed with Macau News Agency (MNA) that it has been in talks with the Talent Development Committee (SCDT) to develop a global internship agreement.
The Elites Training Subgroup, led by the Talent Development Committee (SCDT), held a meeting on 25th May during which discussions on developing a 2019 international internship programme with UNHCR were started.
Under the agreement, Macau would be able to send interns to aid UNHCR operations as needed.
Vivian Tan, the deputy representative of UNHCR to China, said, “The Macau Special Administrative Region is party to the 1951 Refugee Convention and has adopted national refugee legislation.”
However, there is a lack of an official presence for UNHCR in Macau, which instead liaises with the Special Administrative Region through its sub-offices in Hong Kong and Beijing.
Tan added that the agreement with the Macau Special Administrative Region would be a specific one, and hence it was too early to announce the criteria for eligibility.
According to official UNHCR data, Macau has a history of housing refugees from China and Vietnam, starting from 1964 when 80,000 Chinese refugees were accepted.