(Policy Address) Laws to be amended to speed up asylum claims

Local | 18 Jan 2017 2:12 pm

The Immigration Department will speed up screening of non-refoulement claims, the Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying said, adding that the Security Bureau is exploring amendments to the Immigration Ordinance to improve the screening procedures.

Following a comprehensive review of the strategy for handling non-refoulement claims, compared with 2015, the number of non-ethnic Chinese illegal immigrants in 2016 dropped by 40 percent, while the number of non-refoulement claimants dropped by nearly a quarter, he said.

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