Foreign offenders keep out! Criminals must get the message that Hong Kong is no soft touch

Since record numbers of people from outside Hong Kong were detained in correctional institutions last year, criminals from elsewhere must be deterred from coming.

The Correctional Services Department has revealed that, by the end of 2015, it had

received 1,525 non-Chinese national inmates from 65 countries, representing an

increase of 20 per cent over 2014. Whereas foreign prisoners accounted for 15 per

cent of the average daily penal population in 2014, this increased last year to 18 per

cent, high by international standards.

Although nearly 950 of the non-Chinese nationals were Asian, often involved in

taking up unlawful employment, theft and drug-related offences, the other detainees

were frequently implicated in familiar globalised crimes, including drug dealing,

robbery and syndicated fraud.