Sham Mar­riages Easy To Pull Off

HK Magazine - - NEWS -

Sec­re­tary for Se­cu­rity Lai Tung-kwok has re­ported on the in­stances of sham mar­riages be­tween Hongkongers and main­lan­ders, wherein main­lan­ders gain the right to live and work in the SAR. Be­tween 2008 and 2015, the Im­mi­gra­tion Depart­ment in­ves­ti­gated a to­tal of 5,890 sus­pected sham mar­riages. In this pe­riod 8,655 peo­ple were ar­rested, of whom 1,550 were suc­cess­fully con­victed. The ma­jor­ity were sen­tenced to be­tween four and 24 months of im­pris­on­ment. But the suc­cess­ful pros­e­cu­tion of such cases has been low in the past two years, with con­vic­tion rates hov­er­ing at about one per­cent of all ar­rests. Lai has said that the Im­mi­gra­tion Depart­ment is work­ing to strengthen its gate­keep­ing and in­crease co­op­er­a­tion with main­land au­thor­i­ties.

Our take: One per­cent con­vic­tion rate? It’s al­most worth fake-mar­ry­ing a main­lan­der just to get away with it…

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