21 July 2016
Regarding the incident of Hong Kong residents being attacked in a train in Würzburg, Germany, the Hong Kong Immigration Department (ImmD) continued to maintain close contact with the Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (OCMFA), the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Germany, the Consulates-General of the People’s Republic of China in Munich and Frankfurt, the Embassy of Germany in Beijing, the Consulate-General of Germany in Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, Berlin (HKETO) to understand the situation and follow up the case. In the incident, four Hong Kong residents were injured and they were sent to hospitals for medical treatment.
Officers of the ImmD arrived at Germany in the morning of July 20 (local time) and accompanied the family members to visit the four injured in the hospitals with the staff of the HKETO and Chinese Embassy and Consulates-General. Officers of the ImmD continued to accompany family members to visit the injured in the morning of July 21(local time) and met with the medical officers to understand their latest situation and ensure that the best medical care is provided to them. The ImmD has assisted the families to arrange the transfer of one of the injured from Nuremburg to Würzburg.
The ImmD has been maintaining close communication with the insurance company on the arrangements for medical expenses for the injured. The insurance company, which also keeps close communication with the families, has been following up with the medical expenses and ensuring the families fully understand the arrangements for expenses. The HKETO is also actively assisting the families to seek financial assistance from local authorities.
The ImmD will continue to closely liaise with OCMFA, the Embassies, the Consulates-General, the HKETO, the injured and their families to follow up the case. The ImmD advises Hong Kong residents already there to attend to personal safety.
Hong Kong residents travelling outside Hong Kong who need assistance may call the 24-hour hotline of the Assistance to Hong Kong Residents Unit of ImmD at (852) 1868.