Records show that the number of the Chinese who sought asylum in Australia tripled in the past one year. Australia's Department of Home Affairs revealed that up to 9,315 residents from China migrated to Australia in 2017/2018, seeking asylum. The number of asylum-seekers from China in the previous year had been 2,269, giving a 311% increase in the influx of refugees from China into Australia within just 12 months. These refugees have their various statuses and reasons for fleeing their country which they presented to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, AAT for short. Some of them claimed they belonged to a persecuted group; some claimed they were LGBT while others claimed they had a love child in Australia. However, Joyce Chia, the Director of Policy at the Refugee Council of Australia, remarked that a good number of these asylum-seekers from China had previously obtained student or tourist visas and were already in Australia, using these visas. She cited the thriving international student market in Australia which was worth almost $32billion. She felt the Chinese were increasingly gaining access into Australia.
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