In January 2018 No.153
- New Year's greetings from RAFIQ coleaders
To RAFIQ Magazine readers,
We would like to take this occasion to wish you a Happy New Year.
We received Christmas cards and New Year's greeting cards from refugees
we had supported. They included one from an immigration detainee. Some
of them were learning Japanese and wrote their message in Japanese with
In 2017, among refugees RAFIQ had supported one was given an official refugee
status in October, and another one was granted a special permission for
residence on humanitarian grounds in June. However, among lawsuits in the
court seeking revocation of the immigration decision, one lost a case in
the Osaka High Court and another one lost a case in the Osaka District
Some immigration detainees RAFIQ had supported applied for a provisional
release, but their applications were rejected in 2017 except for one approved
on 28 December. As a large amount of guaranty money was required, it took
some time for him to be released.
The number of applicants for asylum in Japan has been increasing. The government
tries to make already-difficult circumstances for refugee applicants even
more difficult. Introducing a tougher restriction on work is an example.
We believe that the protection of refugee applicants and more prompt recognitions
of those who fall into the category of refugees under the Convention relating
to the Status of Refugee are important as Japan's humanitarian assistance.
Refugees are people who seek peace and safe living environments for their
family. We ourselves should promote peace and safe living environments
in our surroundings, too.
We value your donation money and goods we receive, and carefully use them.
Thank you for your continuous support in 2018.
Keiko Tanaka and Yoshie Hirokawa
- Between January and September 2017, there were 14,043 refugee applications
in Japan, but only 10 received refugee status: None from UNHCR top five
countries of origin
Some related articles are:
- The Ministry of Justice: From 15 January the right to work of refugee applicants
is to be limited
Some related articles are:
Japan Lawyers Network for Refugees (JLNR) issued a statement concerning
this policy change announced by the Ministry of Justice, and required its
review. RAFIQ fully support the statement.
- Minami Funakoshi and Ami Miyazaki, 12 January 2018, 'Japan to curb asylum
seekers' right to work from Monday', Reuters
- Anonymous, 12 January 2018, 'Gov't to tighten refugee status rules to decrease
false applications, speed up process', The Mainichi
- Ryujiro Komatsu, 12 January 2018, 'Japan to tighten refugee process, clamp
down on work eligibility', The Asahi Shimbun