They are famous as “McRefugees” or “McSleepers”, homeless or waste people in Hong Kong who spend their nights during 24h McDonald’s restaurants, and their series is apparently flourishing during an shocking rate.

Hong Kong is scandalous for a obscenely costly housing marketplace and a inhumane cage-like dwellings that some of a island’s inhabitants are forced to nap in. Some of these housing units miss simple amenities like using H2O and private toilets, not to discuss atmosphere conditioning, so it’s no consternation that some people cite to spend their nights during 24/7 McDonald’s restaurants. There were around 256 such “McRefugees” in Hong Kong in 2015, though information expelled progressing this year shows that their series has grown by 50% in a final 3 years and is likely to keep on growing.

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According to a investigate by a local bend of Junior Chamber International, many “McSleepers” possess or lease tiny apartments in Hong Kong, though their vital conditions dark in comparison to what a McDonald’s offers. The infancy of those interviewed in a investigate also claimed to have fast jobs, though could not even dream of upgrading their apartments on their salaries. They are mostly referred to as “the operative poor”.

But while misery is a categorical means of a “McRefugee” materialisation in Hong Kong, it’s really no a usually one. Some people cite to nap in a McDonald’s fast-food grill since they’re lonely, or to shun family conflicts.

“I used to nap during my home though anticipating out that we can nap here – it’s utterly lively, with a immature people personification around here and others like me,” 62-year-old Auntie Chan told a South China Morning Post.

Wong Hung, associate highbrow in amicable work during Chinese University, claims that while a vast cost of housing pushed people into McDonald’s restaurants, it was loneliness that kept them there.


So far, authorities have generally abandoned McRefugees, notwithstanding several NGO’s propelling a supervision to deposit in affordable housing and subsidized shelters, though as a materialisation becomes some-more widespread, they might have no choice though to acknowledge a problem, and hopefully try to repair it. Compared to other, poorer communities, Hong Kong indeed has a financial resources to tackle a issue.

According to a aforementioned study, a hundreds of interviewed McRefugees frequent 84 of a 110 McDonald’s restaurants in a city that stay open all night long, with a many renouned plcae – a venue in Tsuen Wan district – behaving as a home for 30 of them.


Hong Kong is one of a world’s many unsymmetrical places in terms of resources distribution, with one in 5 people vital in poverty, according to supervision data.