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Protection visa from Chinese applicants risen by 311 per cent in just one year

The number of Chinese nationals applying for refugee asylum in Australia has increased by 311 per cent in just one year (figures from the Department of Home Affairs). Onshore protection visa applications from those who arrived by plane from the People’s Republic of China jumped from 2,269 in 2016-17 to 9,315 in 2017-18.



However, the refusal rate for PVA’s is believed to be substantial. An exact number is not available as the Department no longer presents the data in its Annual Report. However, data available up to 31 January 2018 indicates there have been some 15367 Onshore Protection Visa Applications and only 931 grants. Given processing times for applications, the bulk of the grants in the 2017-2018 Year are likely to have been from the 2016-2017 Year in which 18290 applications were made.




2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
Permanent Protection Visa (PPV) Lodgement  9,688 8,587 12,617 18,290 15,367
PPV grants


2,752 2,750 2,003 1,711 931


On a side note, as of 31 August 2018, there were 1,303 people held detention, with key sites being Villawood (485) and Yongah Hill (306). On average they had been there 468 days, with 273 people having spent more than 730 days in detention. 231 people were held in detention because they came seeking asylum by boat. The main nationalities of people in detention were New Zealand (180), Iran (106), Vietnam (102), and Sri Lanka (81).