Undercover police arrest an Indian asylum seeker in the Lan Kwai Fong district during an anti-drug operation. Photo: SMP Pictures

Hong Kong’s refugee claim system leaves many tough questions

Despite recent news linking asylum seekers to crime, official figures show that those involved represent a very small portion of the problem. But are claimants taking advantage of the system and is it too slow and biased, leading to exploitation?

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Undercover police arrest an Indian asylum seeker in the Lan Kwai Fong district during an anti-drug operation. Photo: SMP Pictures
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Raquel Carvalho

Raquel Carvalho

Raquel Carvalho is Asia Correspondent for the Post. She joined the newspaper in 2014. Most of her investigative and in-depth stories have been focused on human rights, cross-border security, illicit trade and corruption. She was previously the chief reporter at a Portuguese daily newspaper in Macau, where she moved to from Europe in 2008.