Of the 19,628 asylum applicants to Japan in 2017, just 20 were accepted. And out of those 20, only 12 likely were Muslims: five from Egypt, five from Syria and two from Afghanistan. In 2016, Japan accepted just 28 refugees, of which 11 were Syrians.
(But among the filthy oil-rich Arab Gulf nations of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, UAE, and Oman, virtually NO Muslim refugees ever get asylum, but neither the left wing media, the UN, the EU, nor George Soros ever say a word about it)
Reuters Immigration is a controversial subject in Japan, where many pride themselves on cultural and ethnic homogeneity, even as the population ages and its workforce shrinks.
Although a major donor to international aid and refugee organizations, Japan has been reluctant to relax asylum policies or allow in migrant blue-collar workers.
The number of people seeking refugee status had been on the rise in recent years as people took advantage of a system that allowed applicants with valid visas to work while their refugee claims were reviewed, the justice ministry said.
The government in mid-January limited the right to work only to those Japan regards as bona fide refugees. As a result, the average number of applicants a day in the second half of January fell by 50 percent from December, the ministry said.
Japan is a highly homogenous society and has traditionally been sceptical of immigration. “Here they do not pay for your studies, they do not help you to get bank loans, or give you social housing,” one of Japan’s few refugees told AFP anonymously. “We are left to ourselves, we have to fight alone.”
Refugee advocates have argued Japan – which has one of the wealthiest economies in the world – has a humanitarian duty to do more (But they’ve seen all the problems Muslim migrants have caused all around the world, and they don’t want them).
The decision by the prime minister, Shinzo Abe, to rule out any relaxation of Japan’s strict refugee policy has prompted criticism of Japan’s strict policy on asylum. “It is an issue of demography,” he said. “I would say that before accepting immigrants or refugees, we need to have more activities by women, elderly people and we must raise our birth rate. There are many things that we should do before accepting immigrants.”
“Japan has a strong cultural identity and tends to view itself as homogenous, and takes a conservative view towards multiculturalism.” In September, Japan said it would provide $1.6 billion ($A2.1 billion) in assistance for Syrians and Iraqis caught up in conflict.
Announcing that commitment at the UN, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said despite the country’s labour shortage due to its ageing population, it had no plans to increase its refugee intake.
Government officials say most asylum applications are rejected because the migrants are actually trying to get into Japan for economic reasons, rather than escaping conflict.