Hong Kong and mainland law enforcement agencies have claimed initial victory over the problem of cross-border human smuggling, with figures they released on Thursday showing a 75 per cent drop in non-Chinese illegal immigrants arrested by the city’s police this year compared with two years ago.
A total of 837 non-Chinese illegal immigrants were arrested by Hong Kong police between January and November this year, down 60 per cent from last year.
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In 2015, Hong Kong police arrested over 300 such immigrants each month on average. They were mostly South Asians looking for work, with others seeking asylum on grounds of torture back home, though the government had previously said some were abusing the system with bogus claims.
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