Monday, March 12, 2012

No passport, no money and no way to get home

This is a bad & sad story about a german passport - holder, not getting a new passport from the German consulate in Hong Kong. Reason is very UNCLEAR - this is copied from here SCMP from yesterday:

No passport, no money and no way to get home
German citizen left high and dry by bureaucracy

John Carney
Mar 11, 2012

Penniless German citizen Ewald Widiner has to have one of the most bizarre applications for refugee status the city has seen.
Mired in a bureaucratic nightmare, the 62-year-old has been stranded in Hong Kong for more than a year and reduced to squatting in a building on Lamma Island because the German consulate refuses to give him a new passport.

Widiner says he wants to return to the mainland where he has taught English and German since 2004, but without a passport his employer cannot renew his work visa.
The trouble began in 2010, when 51Education, the Shanghai company for whom he worked, agreed to renew his work visa but there was no space left in his passport to put it. A German passport holder all his life, Widiner went to the German consulate in Shanghai to get a new one.
However, the red tape was such that his original mainland work visa ran out and he had to come to Hong Kong instead to apply for his new passport. But his application submitted to the consulate in Hong Kong was rejected and a new passport has still not been issued.
Widiner claims the consulate did this because he apparently had an outstanding unpaid tax bill in Germany. "They told me there was a taxation problem, but I wrote to the relevant tax authorities in Germany, and they said there was no reason why the consulate should not give me a passport," he said.
"I've tried every avenue since then and got no help. I may as well kill myself."
Widiner thinks there may be another reason for his rejection. He said that in recent years he had been writing a blog heavily critical of Germany's negative view of China and that may have caused political issues.
Estranged from his family and without influential friends, Widiner had no option but to stay in the city and live off his savings while he tried to sort out the problem.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees initially said he could claim refugee status, but after processing his claim they turned him down as his circumstances did not match their criteria for aid.
His employers on the mainland are hoping that he will return and confirmed that if he did he would still have a job. "He has worked for us since 2009 and is very good at his job. The pupils love him and miss him a lot," 51Education director Sara Chen Tian said. "I have stayed in contact with him and hope that his passport problems can be solved, so he can continue to work with us."
Widiner was still listed on the company website as part of their teaching staff.
In the meantime, he has lost more than 30kg, given up his flat in Shanghai and run out of money.
"I'm now relying on the kindness of my neighbours on Lamma to keep going, but I don't know how much longer I can keep going for," he said.

Despite his giving the Sunday Morning Post (SEHK: 0583, announcements, news) permission to ask the German consulates in Hong Kong and Shanghai for the details on his case, neither would comment.
Achim Schkade, deputy consul general for the Federal Republic of Germany in Hong Kong, said: "Pertinent legal regulations on privacy and data protection do not allow us to discuss single cases with a third party. These regulations apply in the best own interest of those concerned."
A spokeswoman for the German consulate in Shanghai gave the same explanation.


jaylen watkins said...
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Cathy said...

I believe this is important when you are visiting China. We have realized that China Visa is very important to alien people who will visit china.

ewald widiner said...

Thanks Yayen and Cathy,
What does not get clear in the SCMP Article is that:
I live and Work since 2005 in Shanghai and I am a Critic of the German Regime. I am a German Regime Critic since 1982 ‘s big Recession in Europe cast by the ECU System introduced by Helmut Schmidt of Germany and Vallery Giscard D’Estaigne of France in 1977 and also opposed by Mrs Thatcher in here Maastricht Speech of 1987.The ECU lead to the Euro Introduction and now to the Euro Crisis in Europe and possible to the break up of the EU and the loss of all money savings of German citizen.
Further I praise the Chinese System in my Comments since 10 Years and fight for a Peaceful Future on the Eurasian Continent.
Obviously my stand does not suit the German Regime, who through the Liberal Democrat Parties Fridrich Naumann Foundation (FDP) financed the Riots in Lhasa and Urumqui were mostly Han Chinese got killed nor does my Stand suit the USA Killer Generation who with the Spin doctoring of the sinking the Cheonan by there foreign secretary Clinton and the Introduction of the so called Jasmine Revolution in China by then US ambassador to Beijing Jon Huntsman trying to cause Chaos in Asia Pacific while by splitting up China the USA avoids paying back its
Trillions of Dollar Credit they borowed from the innocent Bank of China.
Unfortunately in my case, the small Party of so called Liberals (FDP) in Germany, is in Control of the Foreign Department and refuses to give me a new Passport as my pages for a new Visa to China are full.
I have no problem to get a new Visa to China if I only I had a page left in my Passport!

Lucky China; obviously we need a peaceful Revolution in Europe

Anonymous said...

hello ewald , i wish you well , micheal is trying to get hold of you along with your danish friend they where concerned please email one of them i will pass this blogg on to micheal