Arrow Artboard Created with Sketch. Artboard Created with Sketch. Title Chevron Title Chevron Icon Facebook Icon Linkedin Icon Mail Contact Path Layer Icon Mail Positive Arrow Icon Print Politics Japan keeps airtight lid on refugees as applications soar Authorities clamp down on migrant workers suspected of abusing process A total of 81 Syrians fleeing the civil war applied for refugee status in Japan between 2011 and 2017. Residency was granted to 70.
Nikkei staff writers February 14, 2018 04:08 JST | Japan
TOKYO -- Japan approved only 20 out of a record 19,628 applicants for refugee status last year as authorities reject appeals they suspect come from job-seekers.
Last year saw an increase of 8,727 people applying for refugee status from 2016 levels, the Ministry of Justice reported Tuesday. The total number set a record for the seventh year in the row.
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