Japan retains tight borders by welcoming only 18 refugees in 2012
Source: Asahi Shimbun
Japan granted refugee status to only 18 asylum-seekers last year, a small fraction of the 2,545 who applied. Fifteen of the successful applicants were from Myanmar.
The Justice Ministry’s Immigration Bureau said it was the highest number of applications since 1982, the year it adopted the present system of evaluating asylum-seekers’ credentials. In 2010, there were 1,202 applicants, and 1,867 in 2011.
By nationality, Turks topped the 2012 list, with 423 applications. Burmese followed, at 368, and Nepalese, with 320. In all, 50 countries were represented.