Lantau: Channel of Choice for Hong Kong's Illegal Immigrants

Nine South Asian men were detained by police for illegal entry into Hong Kong last week. The group -- sailing from Guangzhou where they had flown legally -- landed in Sham Wat village, a few miles south-west of Chek Lap Kok.

The detainees -- five from Pakistan, two from Bangladesh and two from Afghanistan -- all had their passports. Lantau Confidential ( reports that the Afghani pair may apply for refugee status.

Lantau residents told authorities that one of the men asked for a cab to "the city" in English. Residents were alerted that none of the group could speak Cantonese, prompting them to call the police.

Lantau Island, along with Sai Kung and the north end of the New Territories, are frequently used channels for illegal entry into Hong Kong. This incident is the third this month and the second in Lantau, following an arrest on January 3.

Photo from Hong Kong Green Nature Union (


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