SUPPORT SERVICES FOR CHINESE ASYLUM SEEKERS IN GUAM
Hui, A.Y.Y., Smith, S.T. and Twaddle, I.K.B., University of Guam, USA
Between 1998 and 2000, the United States Territory of Guam experienced a surge of over 1,200 Chinese nationals seeking political asylum in the United States due to persecution from the Chinese government. The majority of these asylum seekers were being smuggled into Guam on overcrowded fishing boats by Chinese "snakeheads." Upon arrival, the boats were often intercepted by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) and their passengers taken into custody. The practice of the INS has been to detain these asylum seekers in Guam's correctional facility while they await the outcome of their asylum requests. This paper outlines a qualitative research study on the experiences of Chinese asylum seekers in Guam with a particular focus on the support services available to them during their incarceration in prison.