Illegal immigrants, overstayers deported from Hong Kong in Immigration Department operation
The Immigration Department sent 24 illegal immigrants and overstayers in the city back to their places of origin in a bid to repatriate unsubstantiated non-refoulement claimants from Hong Kong.
The repatriation operations from October 10 to 13 saw 16 men and eight women fly back to their places of origin. Among them were discharged prisoners who had committed criminal offenses and had been sentenced to imprisonment.
The department said in a statement that they have all along been committed to removing unsubstantiated non-refoulement claimants from Hong Kong as soon as practicable so as to maintain effective immigration control and safeguard the public interest.
“The repatriation process has been hindered by various factors, including a significant proportion of claimants having applied for leave to apply for judicial review against their refusal claims and appeals, as well as the limited flights and other travel restrictions imposed during the pandemic.
“Depending on circumstances and needs, the Immigration Department will remain committed to expediting the removal process and actively maintain close liaison with governments of major source countries of non-refoulement claimants, airline companies, and other government departments to repatriate unsubstantiated non-refoulement claimants from Hong Kong as soon as practicable through all appropriate measures.” The statement wrote.