Recently, Chinese Customs has inspected passengers leaving China, raising concerns that the way out of the country will be cut off.
China’s strict pandemic policy has caused a large number of people to flock abroad to live, some planning to go abroad temporarily, some trying to migrate permanently to other countries. Following the migration of many celebrities to Japan and Thailand, a group of people who claim to be unable to withstand pandemic measures are planning to go to China’s neighbors to “breathe” the air of freedom. Lu Ping, a Chinese tourist who had just arrived in Japan, told RFA that when she left China from Chengdu airport, she noticed that Customs had very strict checks on passengers carrying Chinese passports. She said, “When I left the country, they asked a lot of questions such as why are you leaving, where are you going, what will you do there, are you going for business or pleasure, and I had to provide the relevant documents for inspection.”
Lu said that because she often travels between Japan and China, the Customs check on her was not too strict, but for passengers who do not have a short-term exit record, they will be taken to a small room and carefully inspected. She said: “There are a few gates that do the exit procedures. There are four or five Customs officers standing at the exit. When they finish checking your documents, they will then decide whether to take you into the small room. Those officers will look carefully at your passport and documents and ask where you are going. They now ask about lot of things.”
Exiting with a Chinese passport, checked by Customs
He Peirong, a public service activist from Nanjing who arrived in Japan a week ago, said that when she left China from Nanjing airport, she had to tell Customs that she was coming to Thailand for health reasons and she had to provide medical records for the past few years to prove that she went abroad for a medical examination.
Lu, who now lives in Japan, said that the Chinese regime doesn’t want people to leave the country, “I can feel they are very strict right now, and seeing that you don’t need to leave the country, they won’t let you out. If you are an international student, you need to provide an admission notice to go. I saw a young man who went to study abroad and was checked by the Customs for half a day.”
Wechat groups discussing immigration issues are dissolved
It is difficult for Chinese people to leave the country, and even harder to migrate abroad. This week, the social media account “@Sunny – Immigrant Visa and Permanent Residence Permit” in Jiangsu, China, posted, “I just received a directive from my company at night, requiring me to delete all content related to migration procedures in WeChat, and withdraw from all major groups related to this content.” The post goes on, “A colleague of mine has been invited to ‘drink tea’ (a way of talking about being told you have to go to the police station), and the immigration industry may be on the verge of a correction. I don’t know if in the future there will be any other companies in the industry that accept doing procedures for people.”
Related news has attracted public speculation commenting that the CCP regulates immigration companies and it officially closes immigration offices. Some people in the financial world revealed to HK01 that, affected by the rumors, some immigration companies are really worried, they quickly deleted conversations on WeChat regarding this matter.
The YouTube channel “CitizenshipZoom” also pointed out that the CCP’s leading immigration firm Delsk suddenly deleted all of its WeChat groups, and many immigration consultants deleted immigration-related information. The video also shows that after the recent summit of immigration companies held in Chengdu, a number of industry leaders had to report to the police. Why the WeChat groups were deleted remains a mystery, but it is predicted that China will reform the immigration industry.
Vision Times quoted the person in charge of an immigration company in Shenzhen, the phenomenon of groups of immigration companies being closed is happening in China.
In mid-April, under Shanghai’s city lockdown policy, the “rùn xúe” movement emerged. The word “rùn” means the same as the English word “run,” and the word “xué” means to learn or imitate. So it is the movement to flee China and emigrate to other countries.
At that time, the number of searches on the immigration on platforms such as WeChat and Baidu had peaked. In the last week of March, Baidu searches for “conditions to immigrate to Canada” increased by 2,846% from the previous month, searches for “best country to go to” increased by 2,455% and “how to immigrate to Malaysia” increased by 2,431%.
RFA called an immigration consulting company in Beijing to inquire about this, but was told that they had not received the relevant notice, “We have not received any notice here. If the immigration process is not successful then in some part of the payment can be refundable or it may be nonrefundable. All are bound by a contract. Recently, many people applied to immigrate to Europe, Canada, Ireland, and Malta and some applied to immigrate to Singapore, but they are all big-net-worth clients.”
Many people in China worry that immigration firms will be asked to suspend business, resulting in damage to previous payments. Zhou Chen, an immigration consultant in Nanjing, said she also heard rumors that once she received the official notification from the government, it was too late to apply for immigration. She said, “If the industry receives the notice, you will not have time to go through the procedure. Some people have already done it, but the procedure has not been completed yet.”
A foreign service company in Shanghai revokes employees’ passports
Dai, head of a foreign trade company in China, said, “Yesterday there were a lot of immigration topics on Weibo, but today they have been deleted. A friend of mine, from a company specializing in foreign affairs in Shanghai, said that today the company has collected all the passports of its employees. Now immigration has grown into a movement.”
Dai said that currently, many private enterprises planning to settle abroad stop making foreign exchange settlements after receiving remittances in US dollars, in order to keep them for immigration and use abroad.