After the “White Paper movement” protests against the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) ’s “zero-COVID” policy, the Chinese police searched and harassed the participants of this movement, causing them to search for information about applying for asylum abroad.

According to Da Ji Yuan, the “WeChat Index” shows that after the “White Paper movement” protests in late November were suppressed by the CCP, the number of searches for the keyword “immigration” jumped. 

Specifically, on December 6, it reached over 116.7 million searches, equaling 112.51% compared to last month.

Felipe Alexander, a partner with AG Immigration in Irvine, California, said that Chinese nationals approached him via YouTube, Twitter, and Chinese social media accounts, including WeChat.

Alexander revealed that before the “White Paper movement” broke out, he could get 20 to 30 questions a day from Chinese citizens about immigration to the U.S., but now he’s getting ten times that number.

He shared that most Chinese people ask him directly about asylum. For example, they asked him if they wanted to leave China, would they be eligible.

Alexander added that they worry about their safety in China. They said they had joined the protests and knew others like them were arrested. Or they posted something online. Fearing reprisal from the authorities, they decided to seek foreign refugee support services.
According to UNHCR data, the number of Chinese nationals applying for political asylum has increased from 15,362 in 2012 to 107,864 in 2020. Three-quarters of them apply for asylum in the U.S.

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