EARLY 90 per cent of boat people who have arrived in the territory this year have not asked for asylum and are simply looking for work, it was revealed yesterday. Refugee Co-ordinator Brian Bresnihan returned from Hanoi yesterday with agreement to send new arrivals straight back to Vietnam in the same way illegal immigrants are returned to China. 'The majority of those arriving this year have not made a case for refugee status. They are straightforward illegal immigrants. The way to bring that to a stop is to put into action speedy procedures for their return to Vietnam,' Mr Bresnihan said. 'It is extremely important to send a message to Vietnam that there is no point in coming here and the best way of doing that is to repatriate them as soon as possible.' Tomorrow, 112 boat people will be sent back to Vietnam on the largest forced repatriation flight so far. The number of Vietnamese landing in Hong Kong has increased more than 30-fold since 1992. Government statistics show 377 out of 432 arrivals this year were economic migrants. Only 65 asked for asylum of whom half were 'double backers' - Vietnamese who have been repatriated before. Under the international Comprehensive Plan of Action drawn up in 1989, all Vietnamese boat people who arrive in Hong Kong are screened for refugee status. But Vietnamese economic migrants, who have arrived since June 15, will be treated like illegal immigrants from any other country under the agreement reached in Hanoi this week. Mr Bresnihan said the agreement with Hanoi would accelerate the repatriation of new asylum seekers denied refugee status. But he said there was no question of Hong Kong ceasing to be a port of first asylum. New arrivals who sought asylum would continue to be screened. A spokesman for Refugee Concern said the group was worried a 'last in, first out' policy could prolong the repatriation of Vietnamese already in Hong Kong camps. Spokesman Peter Barnes said: 'People who come from now on will be put at the head of the queue. This suggests the others will be kept in detention longer. 'This is only a drop in the ocean. Mr Bresnihan should be over there finding a proper workable solution for those already in Hong Kong.' But Mr Bresnihan said it had always been policy to give priority to sending back new arrivals.