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Monday, 14 September 2009
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Senator Bob Brown asked the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, upon notice, on 12 June 2009:

With reference to Chinese dissidents, including all those who risk arrest through advocating a multi-party democracy in China:

(1)   How many have been accepted in Australia as refugees in each year for the past 10 years.

(2)   How many have applied for, but not been granted, asylum or refugee status.

(3)   Have any Charter 08 signatories sought asylum in Australia.


Senator Chris Evans (Minister for Immigration and Citizenship) —The answer to the honourable senator’s question is as follows:

(1)   Initial Protection visa grants to Chinese nationals over the past ten program years are as follows:

1999-00

2000-01

2001-02

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

2008-09

36

36

59

48

75

115

188

415

415

405

Information about particular claims is placed on client files and is not readily available in consolidated form. It would be a major task to collect and assemble it.

(2)   Refusals of initial Protection visa applications to Chinese nationals over the past 10 program years are as follows:

1999-00

2000-01

2001-02

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

2008-09

1059

1060

1171

1050

710

776

910

966

927

998

All claims are considered in reaching a decision whether to grant a Protection visa. For the reasons given in (1) a breakdown of outcomes by the types of claims made by refused applicants is therefore not available for any country of origin.

(3)   DIAC is aware of a very small number of cases mentioning claims around Charter 08 activities.