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Dear Immigration Department,

I am writing to make a data access request about the number of people detained at the airport. May I know, in each of the years between 2018-20:

a) the number of people detained at the airport

b) of those in (a) how many were denied entry and returned for immigration reasons to their home country

c) of those in (a) how many tried to claim protection as Non-Refoulement Claimants

If a CSV or Excel format is possible, I would greatly appreciate it. Otherwise PDF or similar would be fine as well.

Yours faithfully,

Surabhi Chopra

Immigration Department

Our Ref.: L/M (5) in ImmD AP 6-5/1/C

 

Dear Ms CHOPRA,

 

Our department has received your application for access to information on
02.05.2021.  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
22.05.2021.

 

Thank you for your kind attention.

 

Regards,

Cassie CHEUK

for Director of Immigration

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To: FOI requests at Immigration Department <[2][Immigration Department request email]>
Date: 02/05/2021 18:36
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Number of people detained at the
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Dear Immigration Department,

I am writing to make a data access request about the number of people
detained at the airport. May I know, in each of the years between 2018-20:

a) the number of people detained at the airport

b) of those in (a) how many were denied entry and returned for immigration
reasons to their home country

c) of those in (a) how many tried to claim protection as Non-Refoulement
Claimants

If a CSV or Excel format is possible, I would greatly appreciate it.
Otherwise PDF or similar would be fine as well.

Yours faithfully,

Surabhi Chopra

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Immigration Department

Our Ref.: L/M (5) in ImmD AP 6-5/1/C

Dear Ms CHOPRA,

I refer to your request for access to information on 2 May 2021 and our
interim reply to you on 11 May 2021.  After careful consideration of your
request, I hereby provide you with the following information.

Number of cases refused permission to land at Airport Control Point:

Year         No. of cases

2018 8235

2019 7673

2020 2621

The Immigration Department does not maintain the requested statistics and
breakdowns on the number of people detained at Airport Control Point.  

I hope the information is useful to you.

Yours sincerely,

Cassie CHEUK

for Director of Immigration

Dear Immigration Department,

Thank you for your response. I would like to clarify:

Does ‘cases’ refer to individual persons? (Ex. Would one family be classified as one ‘case’?)

Furthermore, I would like to ask for additional information regarding the number of people detained at the airport. May I know, in each of the years between 2010 – 2020:

A) the number of persons refused permission to land at the Airport Control Point

B) of A), the number of persons returned immediately without being detained at the airport

C) of A), the number of persons detained at the airport, broken down by length of detention in:

I) days

Ii) weeks, or

Iii) categories of: less than one week, more than one week, more than 2 weeks, more than one month, more than two months, more than three months.

Thank you for your help with this inquiry. If a CSV or Excel format is possible, I would greatly appreciate it.

Yours faithfully,

Surabhi Chopra

Immigration Department

Our Ref.: L/M (10) in ImmD AP 6-5/1/C

 

Dear Ms CHOPRA,

 

Our department has received your application for access to information on
27.09.2021.  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
17.10.2021.

 

Thank you for your kind attention.

 

Regards,

Cassie CHEUK

for Director of Immigration

Immigration Department

Our Ref.: L/M (10) in ImmD AP 6-5/1/C

 

Dear Ms CHOPRA,

 

I refer to your request for access to information made by e-mail on 27
September 2021.  Following our interim reply to you on 6 October 2021, we
now provide you with the available information as follows.

 

Number of cases refused permission to land at Airport Control Point:

 

Year      No. of cases

2011           3562

2012           3653

2013           4977

2014           3581

2015           7057

2016           8562

2017           7652

2018           8235

2019           7673

2020           2621

 

You may wish to note that the number of cases refused permission to land
at Airport Control Point as provided in our reply of 21 May 2021 refers to
the number of arriving passengers refused permission to land in Hong Kong.

 

The Immigration Department does not maintain the other statistics
requested in your e-mail of 27 September 2021.

I hope the information is useful to you.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Cassie CHEUK

for Director of Immigration

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