Expenses related to S37 of Immigration Ordinance (2021 - 2023)

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Dear Immigration Department,

I am writing to make an information request regarding Section 37 of the Immigration Ordinance (Cap. 115) which stipulates that “If a person who is detained under section 32(1) pending his removal from Hong Kong under section 18 arrived in Hong Kong in a ship or aircraft, the Director of Immigration may require the owner of the ship or aircraft or his agent to pay to the Government the expense incurred by it in maintaining that person during his detention”. May I know,

1. What was the ‘detention quarter charge’ (as mentioned in this request: https://accessinfo.hk/en/request/expense...) for each financial year between 2021 – 2023?

2. How many times has this section been enforced per year in the past five years?

3. How much was paid to the Government under this Section for each year in the past five years (calendar or financial, as applicable)?

Thank you very much for your help with this inquiry.

Kind regards,
H. Y. Fung

CSS, Immigration Department

Our reference: RDCD-0000491-23

Dear H. Y. Fung,

I refer to your request for access to information on 30 June 2023. Our
reply is provided as below.

The detention quarter charge was HK$530 per person per day between
financial years 2021-22 and 2022-23.

The Immigration Department does not maintain the other requested

I hope the above information is useful to you.

Best regards,

CHAU Chun-yu
for Director of Immigration