Almost Half of Refugee Status Seekers in Japan in Their Twenties (News)


Tokyo, March 23 (Jiji Press)—Nearly half of foreigners who applied for refugee status in Japan in 2017 were in their twenties, the Justice Ministry said Friday.

The number of applicants came to 19,629, up 8,728 from the previous year and up 1 from the preliminary figure released in February, the ministry said.

Of the total, men and women in their twenties accounted for 48% and 46%, respectively.

The proportion of applicants aged from 20 to 34 exceeded 60% for both men and women. Meanwhile, those aged 19 or younger made up less than 10%.

These data indicate many foreigners apply for refugee status in Japan to work, the ministry said.

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