Japan Cabinet OKs Bill to Deport Repeat Refugee Applicants

Politics

Tokyo, Feb. 19 (Jiji Press)--Japan’s cabinet on Friday approved a bill to allow the deportation of foreigners applying for refugee status for a third or further time, in response to concerns that refugee applications could be used to avoid deportations.

The bill will revise the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act to allow exceptions to a clause that suspends deportation procedures while refugee applications are in process.

It calls for deporting such repeat applicants if their home countries are basically safe.

While foreigners accused of overstaying are held in immigration facilities in principle before they are deported from Japan, the current law sets no limit on the number of refugee applications they can make.

There were 1,054 foreigners held in the facilities at the end of 2019, with 462 of them staying there for six months or longer, according to a report by a panel of the Immigration Services Agency of Japan.

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