A cut in the daily quota of 150 mainland migrants allowed into Hong Kong on one-way permits looks unlikely, according to officials and experts. If Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa is determined to formulate a comprehensive population policy, they say the long-term strategy must be to enhance the quality of migrants, revise the one-way permit system and speed up and widen importation of talent. Mainland authorities issue up to 150 one-way permits a day for mainlanders to settle in the SAR for family reunions. Critics say most are either retired people or children, placing a heavy burden on the community. Security officials said they might discuss a points system with mainland authorities. Cheng Yiu-tong, a local deputy of the National People's Congress, said: 'The SAR Government must take the initiative to raise the issue of one-way permits with the central authorities. 'You don't have to ask for the power to issue the permits but play a part in the process so that the arrivals can facilitate economic development,' Mr Cheng said. 'The daily quota has increased from 75 to 150 in the past few years. Some people have suggested a cut in the quota, but it's unrealistic. On the basis of family reunion consideration, some form of points system, taking into account their skills, should be introduced, like those in Canada.' Another official cast doubt on a points system. 'Who will decide who can come? Why give it to the child, but not the mother?' Shiu Sin-por, head of the One Country Two Systems Economic Research Centre, also dismissed a points system and said the argument about who issued one-way permits was meaningless. 'We can't tell people to wait longer for family reunions because they have only completed primary education,' he said. 'We should instead draw a line on family reunion. For instance, how can those who are in their 40s and 50s and have already settled in the mainland apply to come to Hong Kong on grounds of family reunion?' Mr Shiu said the community had to accept that some migrants would be poorly educated. 'You can't use the 150 one-way permit quota to help enhance the overall quality of the population. You should do it by widening the importation of talents to make the overall composition better.'