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IOM praises Japan’s plan to accept more refugees

  • May 29, 2019
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The head of the International Organization for Migration has welcomed the Japanese government’s plan to accept more refugees.

 

The Director General of the IOM, Antonio Vitorino, was interviewed by NHK on Tuesday.

 

He said there is rising sentiment against migrants, and the debate on migration has become very polarized.

 

The UN agency is promoting a program to resettle people displaced by conflicts or persecution.

 

Japan has so far accepted 174 refugees from Myanmar under a program it introduced in 2010. This is much smaller than the equivalent figures for many Western countries.

 

Japan plans to double the annual number of refugees it will accept to 60 in the fiscal year that begins next April.

 

Vitorino said he welcomes the decision, and his agency is ready to give all the support it can to make the Japanese policy move a success.

 

He also appealed to the international community to protect people in need.

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