|23,487 asylum-seekers applied for refugee status in Japan in the past three
years, but only 66 were recognized!
|| Now the worst refugee crisis since World War II has been emerging. About
65 million men, women and children are now in urgent need of protection
worldwide (in 2015). This means one in every 113 people in the world is
either an asylum-seeker, an internally displaced person or a refugee, and
the number of such forcibly displaced people is still growing.
Many people have come to seek asylum to Japan as well. The number of people
applying for refugee status in Japan has been increasing sharply in recent
years. In 2016, 10,901 people applied for refugee status in Japan while
only 28 were recognized as refugees. The total number of the last three
years (2014-2016) amounts to 23,487 applicants, but only 66 were recognized.
|What can we do in Japan? Refugee crisis shaking the world
|| If you find refugees escaping from war and persecution around you, what
do you do?
When we realize the reality that our lives in Japan are closely connected
to the world, the international responsibility sharing is inevitable. But
Japan has gained a bad reputation as hosting very limited number of refugees
and being sealed off to the outside world. Nevertheless, we would like
to pay attention that grass-roots activities of opening our heart to refugees
and providing help for them are now growing. The acceptance of refugees
through private sponsorship has just started.
As we live on the same planet in the same period, we do not want to exclude
displaced people. What can we do in Japan in order to say, "Refugees
Welcome"? Let's think this over and discuss it!
|Date： Sunday, 2 July 2017, 11:00-16:30
Venue: Osaka Municipal Housing Information Center
Part 1: What can we do in Japan? Refugee crises shaking the world (11:00-13:00)
- Lecture 1: "Because we are living on the same planet" / Ms. Yukari Ando, specially appointed assistant professor, Osaka University
- Lecture 2: "Accepting refugees in a country with a population of 5.4
million, Finland"/ Ms. Yuko Kametani
- Questions and answers
Part 2: Refugees Welcome! (14:00-16:30)
Photos and paintings from Afghanistan, Syria and Burma under military administration
will be exhibited, and some NGOs in Kansai will set up a booth to introduce
their activities of supporting refugees.
- Voices from refugees in Japan
- Lecture 3: "Private sponsorship for Syrian refugees in Japan"
/ Mr. Norimasa Orii, JAR (Japan Association for Refugees)
- Lecture 4: "Supporting refugees at Nanmin House in Osaka" / Ms.
Keiko Tanaka, RAFIQ
- Lecture 5: "Refugee homestays in Kanto" / Ms. Sayaka Watanabe,
- Reports from refugee supporting organizations
Organisers: World Refugee Day 2017: West Japan Assembly Organising Committee
Affiliated Organisations: BRC-J (Burmese Relief Centre Japan); PASTEL (Ritsumeikan University's
Refugee Research Group);
J-FUN Youth Kansai (K.G.); RAWA;; Neo Namin Cafe Netowrk; RAFIQ,
Supporters: UNHCR Japan; Amnesty International Japan; JLNR; JAR; FRJ
Office:RAFIQ Japan (The Network aiming at the Coexistence with the Refugees in
OSAKA NanminHouse, 4-9-13 Higashimikuni Yodogawa_ku, Oosaka City, 532-0002
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All Rights Reserved.