Detainees at MTKDC as at August 2021

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Dear Immigration Department,

I would appreciate if you could provide the number of detainees at the Ma Tau Kok Detention Centre (MTKDC) as at 31 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 (530) in ImmD DR/6-5/10/R

Dear Preston Cheung,
Our department has received your application for access to information on
15.09.2021. 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
05.10.2021. In the meantime, please contact the undersigned via this email
if you have any enquiry.

Best regards,

CHAN, Tsz-ho
for Director of Immigration

Immigration Department

Our Reference: L/M (530) in ImmD DR/6-5/10/R

Dear Preston Cheung,
I refer to your request for access to information on 15.09.2021 and our
interim reply to you on 21.09.2021. I hereby provide you with the
following information.

The number of detainees at the Ma Tau Kok Detention Centre (“MTKDC”) as at
31 August 2021, disaggregated by:

1. Detainees’ age:
Breakdown on the number of detainees at the MTKDC by age:
Under 18: 0
18–29: 20
30-39: 30
40-49: 13
50-59: 6
Above 60: 0
Total: 69

2. Detainees’ sex:
Breakdown on the number of detainees at the MTKDC by sex:
Male: 32
Female: 37
Transgender: 0
Total: 69

3. Detainees’ nationality:
Breakdown on the number of detainees at the MTKDC by countries/
territories:
Bangladesh: 4
Canadian: 1
Chinese: 29
Filipino: 5
Gambian: 2
Indian: 4
Indonesian: 11
Nepal: 1
Sri Lankan: 1
Ugandan: 1
Vietnamese: 10
Total: 69

4. Overview of Detainees at MTKDC as at 31 August 2021:
Non-refoulement claimants*: 25
Overstayers: 3
Illegal Immigrants: 34
Other offenders liable to be removed: 7
Total: 69

*Remarks:
On 31 August 2021, there were 25 detainees at the MTKDC who had lodged
non-refoulement claims.  Amongst them, 3 were pending final determination
of their claims, while the remaining 22 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,

CHAN, Tsz-ho
for Director of Immigration