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How many non-refoulement claims are filed and determined every year?
“Claims made” are claims filed by non-refoulement applicants. “Claims determined” are claims where a decision was made on the claim (ie. approved / rejected). “Outstanding claims” refers to claims that are still being processed through the system.
Who is currently in the process of their USM claim?
Click on the arrows to see demographics of USM claimants (at Sept 2021) with outstanding (ie. pending) claims. Demographics include nationality, age, sex, and immigration status.
What are the nationalities of the substantiated claimants in the USM?
A substantiated non-refoulement claim is one that has been approved, which allows the claimant to remain in the territory.
An increasingly large proportion of USM claims are substantiated on appeal.
This suggests a high rejection rate of USM claims at the initial application stage to the government.
80% of applications to work by USM claimants have been approved.
Non-refoulement claimants whose claims have been approved are not automatically granted the right to work. In order to work, one would need to apply separately to the Immigration Department. The request for approval to work is not considered through a formal system but on a “case-by-case” and “exceptional basis“.
Commonly Used Abbreviations
CIC – Castle Peak Bay Immigration Centre
CIU – Complaints Investigation Unit (of the Correctional Services Department)
CSD – Correctional Services Department
HKPF – Hong Kong Police Force
ImmD – Immigration Department
MTKDC – Ma Tau Kok Detention Centre
NKCI – Nei Kwu Correctional Institution
TTG / TTGCI – Tai Tam Gap Correctional Institution
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