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Japan not to deport Afghans against will

  • August 20, 2021
  • , Jiji Press , 4:43 p.m.
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Tokyo, Aug. 20 (Jiji Press)–The Japanese government will not deport Afghans against their will even if they are illegally overstaying in the country, Justice Minister Yoko Kamikawa said Friday.

 

The government will take each person’s circumstances into account in considering whether to grant resident status to Afghans who are worried about going back to their country, Kamikawa told a press conference.

 

She said, “We’ll consider each person’s circumstances including the current situation” in Afghanistan following the Taliban’s seizure of its capital, Kabul.

 

Asked whether Japan will accept refugees from Afghanistan, she only said it is a matter that the government needs to consider.

 

There were 3,509 Afghans in Japan as of the end of 2020, according to the Immigration Services Agency of Japan.

 

 

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