Can your country accept refugees now?
by 020 Koki on November 16, 2015 - 2:44am
These days, there is a problem related to refugees in Europe. Perhaps you have watched the news about the Syrian refugees. According to Amnesty International’s report, the number of refugees is more than 4 million. This is a serious problem, so maybe it will have some kinds of influences all over the world. Which country accepts the refugees? Does Japan do that? I am not sure these questions of facts now, so I will search about something related to refugees. Then this time, I would like to write my opinion in this writing, and I will focus on whether acceptance is good or not.
First, I am going to write about its demerit points from the viewpoint of people who have negative opinions. A lot of people may think that if their countries accept refugees, perhaps the refugees will make some troubles. For example, there are cultural problems including language barrier, religions or some crimes such as terrorism, and disturb the peace in each countries, so they are afraid of accepting many refugees. As an example, the news article, Stuff in New Zealand reported “Deporting Somalian refugee Mohyadin Mohamed Farah, a serial sex offender pictured here being sentenced in the Wellington High Court in 2006 after repeated sexual assault convictions, is proving to be a headache for the legal system” on October 29, 2015. Generally people have some bad images about refugees. I think that one of the big problems is the cost by financial support for them because they do not have much money for living by themselves, their own houses, some clothes, jobs and so on.
Next, I am going to write about why Japan accepts a fewer refugees than other countries. According to News 24 in Japan, in last year, Japan accepted only 11 refugees despite of 5000 refugees applied. Japanese government is really strict to refugee status determination because some of refugees try to camouflage their applications as refugees. By the way, the Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees has the definition that "A person who owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality and is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country…” For example, a lot of refugees apply for the reasons that they need much money to pay back their debt. In this case, they focus on just “money”, so the case does not apply to the definition. The Japanese government has to examine severely. That is why the number of accepting refugees in Japan are very few.
Last, I am going to write about the reaction for refugees in Japan. It is difficult for Japan to accept them because several issues arise. Prime Minister Abe made the speech about refugees in the United Nations General Assembly in New York on September 29, 2015. He answered the question that was how does Japan work about refugees? He said that this is a big problem in not only other countries but also Japan. We have to approach it from now on, but we have other problems in Japan, for example women or elders’ successes and raising the birthrate. Before we face refugees, we have some tasks that we should work for. This is one of the problems in Japan. I will pick up one topic about the number of women employed from Japan Times. It mentioned “The number and percentage of working women has increased in the past two decades. However, more than 50 percent of the working women in 2013 were nonregular employees, compared to 39 percent in 1995”. As it mentioned, the number of it has increased more and more, but it is not completely. Therefore, Japanese government has to work the problem to go all out. Other problem is related to Japanese law or rule. Can most of the refugees speak or listen in English or Japanese? Can they understand Japanese law or rule? How do we teach them about everything? It is too hard for us. Do we have certain laws for refugees? I’m not sure about it.
In conclusion, as I mentioned before, to accept refugees is too hard, so if I were Prime Minister, I could not decide to accept them. It might be cause of some big troubles, so it has only a demerit! I know the problem is serious and we should work for them, but we do not have enough financial supports now. Each country has their own problems, so they have to work for it at first as Prime Minister Abe said.