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Detainees at CIC as at August 2021

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Dear Immigration Department,

I would appreciate if you could provide the number of detainees at the Castle Peak Bay Immigration Detention Centre as at 18 August 2021 (or any other date that is convenient to you for the purpose of collating relevant information under this request), disaggregated by:

(1) Detainees’ age (under 18, 18 – 30, 31- 40, 41-50, 51-60, 61-70, 71-80, Above 80 or other categories as appropriate)
(2) Detainees’ sex (male, female, transgender)
(3) Detainees’ nationality (please provide a breakdown of all nationalities)
(4) Detainees’ immigration status (non-refoulement claimants (“NFCs”) within the USM, former NFCs with ongoing judicial review applications, former NFCs pending removal, illegal entrants (excluding NFCs), overstayers (excluding NFCs), persons refused entry (excluding NFCs), former foreign national prisoners pending removal and other categories as appropriate)

Thank you very much for your assistance on this.

Kind Regards,
Preston Cheung

Immigration Department

Our Reference: L/M (2) in ImmD CIC/6-5/10 (R) Pt.2

Dear Preston Cheung,
Our department has received your application for access to information on
18.08.2021. Your application is now under processing. According to
paragraph 1.16 of the Code on Access to Information, our department will
inform you of the latest progress of the case separately on or before
07.09.2021.

If you have any enquiry, please contact the undersigned via this email.

Best Regards,

YU Wing-shan
for Director of Immigration

Dear Ms Yu,

I refer to your acknowledgement of this information request dated 19 August 2021, setting the target response time as 7 September 2021.

Could you please advise on the status of this request? Thank you for your assistance on this.

Kind regards,
Preston Cheung

Immigration Department

Our Reference: L/M (2) in ImmD CIC/6-5/10 (R) Pt.2

Dear Preston Cheung,

I refer to your request for access to information on 18 August 2021 and
our interim reply to you on 19 August 2021.  

Kindly note that attempts have been made to send the final reply to you
via email on 3, 6 and 10 September 2021 respectively but in vain due to
connection refused by your email server.

I hereby provide you the following information.

The number of detainees at the Castle Peak Bay Immigration Centre (“CIC”)
as at 31 July 2021, disaggregated by:

1.        Detainees’ age:

Breakdown on the number of detainees at the CIC by age:

Under 18: 0
18–30: 57
31-40: 122
41-50: 65
51-60: 21
61-70: 5
71-80: 1
Above 80: 0
Total: 271

2.        Detainees’ sex:

Breakdown on the number of detainees at the CIC by sex:

Male: 166
Female: 105
Transgender: 0
Total: 271

3.        Detainees’ nationality:

Breakdown on the number of detainees at the CIC by countries/ territories:

Afghanistan: 2
Bangladesh: 9
Chinese (Stateless): 1
Mainland China: 66
Colombia: 2
Gambia: 1
Indonesia: 32
India: 43
Kenya: 4
Sri Lanka: 1
Madagascar: 2
Mexico: 1
Mongolia: 1
Nigeria: 2
Nepal: 9
Pakistan: 23
Philippines: 18
Russian Federation: 1
Thailand: 5
Taiwan (Province of China): 1
Tanzania: 5
Uganda: 4
United States of America: 1
Venezuela: 1
Vietnam: 35
Zimbabwe: 1
Total: 271

4.        Overview of Detainees at CIC as at 31 July 2021:

Non-refoulement claimants^#: 178
Overstayers: 15
Illegal immigrants: 65
Other offenders liable to be removed: 13
Total: 271

^#Remarks:
On 31 July 2021, there were 178 detainees at the Castle Peak Bay
Immigration Centre ("CIC") who had lodged non-refoulement claims.  Amongst
them, 68 were pending final determination of their claims, while the
remaining 110 were pending removal from Hong Kong, including those who
were rejected non-refoulement claimants having lodged applications for
judicial review to the courts and the removal arrangements were suspended
under the prevailing policy.  The number of claimants under detention
varies from time to time, depending on the changes in the circumstances of
individual cases.

I hope the information is useful to you.

Best Regards,
YU Wing-shan
for Director of Immigration

Dear Ms Yu,

Thank you very much for your assistance on this information request and apologies for the technical issues with the email server on my side.

As I gather that the ImmD's practice would be to compile statistics on the immigration detainee population at the end of each month, could you please provide statistics on the same items as of 31 August 2021?

That is to say, please kindly provide the number of detainees at the Castle Peak Bay Immigration Detention Centre as at 31 August 2021, disaggregated by:

(1) Detainees’ age (under 18, 18 – 30, 31- 40, 41-50, 51-60, 61-70, 71-80, Above 80 or other categories as appropriate)
(2) Detainees’ sex (male, female, transgender)
(3) Detainees’ nationality (please provide a breakdown of all nationalities)
(4) Detainees’ immigration status (non-refoulement claimants (“NFCs”) within the USM, former NFCs with ongoing judicial review applications, former NFCs pending removal, illegal entrants (excluding NFCs), overstayers (excluding NFCs), persons refused entry (excluding NFCs), former foreign national prisoners pending removal and other categories as appropriate)

Thank you very much.

Kind regards,
Preston Cheung

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