Japan accepted 28 refugees in 2016

Japan accepted 28 refugees in 2016, by Robin Harding.

Japan accepted just 28 refugees in 2016 — one more than the 27 it took in 2015 — as its ultra-strict approach to asylum becomes a model for nations increasingly reluctant to take in people fleeing war or persecution.

The tiny number of successful claims held steady despite a 44 per cent jump in claims for refugee status to 10,901. That meant a success rate for asylum claims of 0.26 per cent. …

Japan accepts these tiny numbers of refugees despite nominally complying with the same international conventions as countries such as the UK, which granted asylum to 9,975 people in 2015; the US, which admitted 84,994 last year; and Germany, which has taken in hundreds of thousands of Syrians over the past few years. …

Many of those who claim specific persecution are rejected on grounds of credibility.