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Japan immigration

Japan passes immigration reform bill: 4 things to know

Change allows deportation of people who repeatedly apply for refugee status

Ukrainian refugees arrive at Tokyo's Haneda Airport on April 5.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- A contentious immigration reform bill was passed by Japan's parliament on Friday.

The legislation will amend Japan's immigration law to permit authorities to deport people who repeatedly apply for refugee status, a move that opponents say could lead to people being returned to their home countries, where they will face persecution.

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