Asylum seekers find help at JAR

| Dec 5, 2013

Asylum seekers find help at JAR

by Magdalena Osumi

The number of people seeking asylum in Japan reached some 2,600 at the end of October, adding to the soaring rate of those with no residency rights or financial assistance. Although asylum applicants have surged sharply, especially in the last three years, the refugee-recognition ...

Nov 27, 2013

Asylum seekers hit record high exceeding 2,600

by Tomohiro Osaki

At the end of October, there were more than 2,600 asylum seekers in Japan, a record high, the Japan Association for Refugees said Wednesday. Their numbers are only likely to increase in the coming months, said JAR Executive Director Hiroaki Ishii, who noted the ...

Syria sacks deputy prime minister who met U.S. officials; polio spreads

Oct 30, 2013

Syria sacks deputy prime minister who met U.S. officials; polio spreads

Syria’s president sacked a deputy prime minister who met Western officials to discuss the possibility of holding a peace conference, saying he acted without permission. The Tuesday decree was the latest blow to diplomatic efforts to bring the country’s warring parties to the negotiating ...

Firms giving refugees jobs instead of charity

Oct 25, 2013

Firms giving refugees jobs instead of charity

by Megumi Iizuka

With applications for refugee status reaching record levels, a number of Japanese businesses are providing employment and training to people forced to flee their home country due to war and persecution, with emphasis on genuine vocational opportunities rather than charity. Mohammad Mawaheb Seraj Eddin, ...

Oct 17, 2013

Amnesty urges Egypt to stop detaining Syrian refugees fleeing civil war

An international human rights group urged Egypt on Thursday to end its policy of unlawfully detaining Syrian refugees, including children, and forcibly returning them to their homeland where civil war is raging. Amnesty International said hundreds who have fled the bloodshed in Syria for ...

Oct 2, 2013

Abbott under pressure over refugees

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott was accused Wednesday by the opposition of “backpedaling at 100 miles an hour” on his hard-line asylum seeker policies during a sensitive diplomatic visit to Indonesia this week. Abbott chose Jakarta for his first international trip since winning Australia’s ...

Abbott visits Jakarta for refugee talks

Sep 30, 2013

Abbott visits Jakarta for refugee talks

Australia’s new Prime Minister Tony Abbott began a visit to Indonesia on Monday for talks on his tough refugee policies, which have sparked anger in Jakarta, as his government faced criticism over a boat sinking that left dozens dead or missing. Abbott laid a ...

Myanmar refugees arrive via U.N. resettlement plan

Sep 28, 2013

Myanmar refugees arrive via U.N. resettlement plan

Four families from Myanmar arrived Friday night in Tokyo on a pilot U.N. refugee resettlement program introduced in fiscal 2010. The families are from ethnic minorities in Myanmar and had been living in a refugee camp in Thailand, across the border. After a 180-day ...