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.