Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Johan Cels: The challenge of resettling refugees in Japan

In December 2008, the Japanese government decided to start a resettlement pilot project. Over a three-year period, 90 Burmese refugees will be resettled in Japan.
Japan is the first Asian country to adopt such a project in line with human-security principles, protecting and empowering people, guiding its policies. It also reflects Japan's strengthening of refugee and asylum policies. In recent years, more refugees have been granted protection in Japan. In 2009, a total of 531 refugees were allowed to stay. This is the highest number since Indochinese refugees began arriving in Japan more than 30 years ago.

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