Japan Accepted Only 28 Refugees in 2016, Rejected 99% of Asylum Claims

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By Heat Street Staff | 5:33 am, May 9, 2017
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Japan accepted only 28 refugees last year, according to statistics published by its Immigration Bureau.

Despite being one of the wealthiest countries in the world, Japan’s tough stance on migration and asylum seekers stands in stark contrast to most European nations, for example, which, for better or worse, accept hundreds of thousands of people each year.

According to the figures, Japan received a total of 8,193 applications from refugees during 2016, meaning that it rejected 99 per cent of claims.

In 2015, it accepted only 27 refugees.

Officials have defended the low number, saying applicants are mainly from Asian countries wanting access to Japan only for economic reasons.

“The number of applications from regions which generate lots of refugees, such as Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq, is small,” said Yasuhiro Hishida, a spokesman for the Immigration Bureau.

However, those in Japan who advocate helping refugees say the country’s system is too stringent, with officials requiring levels of proof that a refugee’s life would be in danger if they returned to their home state which is often not possible to demonstrate.

Last February it was revealed that Japan’s population of 127 million had shrunk for the first time since records began.

The population of Japan is forecast to drop by about one third over the next 50 years, with some analysts concluding that online porn is partly to blame for its declining birthrate.

And the country’s Health Ministry predicts that by the year 2065, about 38 per cent of the population will be aged 60 or over, while those aged 14 or under will account for only 10 per cent of the nation.

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