Japan Not to Grant New Residency Status to Iranians

Politics

Tokyo, April 1 (Jiji Press)--Japan's Justice Ministry has decided not to grant new residency status for foreign workers to those holding Iranian citizenship, a government gazette showed Monday.

The decision was made because the Iranian government refuses to cooperate in receiving Iranian people deported from Japan for illegal stays and other reasons.

The ministry fears that the number of illegal residents may rise if the new status, introduced the same day to shore up the country's workforce, is granted to the Iranians.

A ministry ordinance requires those subject to the status to have a passport of a country that is cooperative in accepting its own deported citizens.

Iran does not receive its deported people if they are unwilling to return, as its constitution guarantees freedom of residence and movement.

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