特首林鄭月娥上周約見德國駐港署理總領事 David Schmidt，對德國向黃台仰及李東昇給予難民身份，表達強烈反對及深切遺憾。德國駐港總領事館首度發表聲明回應，重申德國對香港的政策沒有改變，又指出德國聯邦移民和難民事務辦公室負責批出難民身份，德國外交部不參與有關決策。
本土民主前線黃台仰和李東昇涉及 2016 年旺角騷亂，被控暴動罪，及後棄保潛逃。《紐約時報》、《金融時報》等上周刊出兩人訪問，提及兩人獲德國批出難民庇護申請，黃台仰與李東昇等待當局審批時，曾住在3個不同難民營。
Hong Kong, 28 May 2019
The Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany has taken note of the concern expressed by the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) over the granting of refugee status to two Hong Kong residents in Germany. The Government of the Federal Republic of Germany attributes great importance to the traditionally very good bilateral relations with the HKSAR.
The Consulate General would like to reiterate that the policy of the German Federal Government towards Hong Kong has not changed and that we will continue to foster our traditionally friendly relations.
With regard to the two cases of Hong Kong citizens who informed the press about having received refugee status in Germany, it should be noted that for data protection reasons the Consulate General cannot provide any information on individual asylum cases. The Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) is in charge of the procedure for granting the refugee status and takes decisions independently. The BAMF considers the motivation stated by every asylum seeker during the asylum proceedings in a case-by-case examination in accordance with the rule of law. The German Federal Foreign Office is not part of the decision-making process.
The Consulate General is in constant contact with the competent German authorities concerning the matter.