The U.N. refugee agency has urged Japan to resettle more asylum seekers, its chief said on Monday, pressuring the country to help solve a global crisis after giving refugee status to just 3 Muslims since the beginning of 2017.
On the other hand, the UN never pressures the oil-rich Arab Gulf States including super-wealthy Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait and Bahrain, none of which have offered sanctuary to a single Syrian refugee.
Reuters (h/t Marvin W) Japan is one of the developed world’s least welcoming countries for asylum seekers. It accepted 28 in 2016, despite applications from a record 10,091 people.
It has since 2008 given home to limited numbers of refugees through a so-called third-country resettlement scheme, resettling a total of 152 people – mostly ethnic Karen people from Myanmar living in Thai and Malaysian camps. Multiculturalism is seen as destructive to Japanese society, traditions and culture. Japanese pride themselves on the homogeneous nature of the country and their immigration policies reflect that.
- Why does Japan accept so few refugees? BBC News
“That program is very small, about 20-30 refugees a year,” U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi told a news conference in Tokyo. “I have asked the government to consider whether it could be expanded.”…
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