Japan to introduce new guidelines for refugee recognition

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TOKYO: The Japanese government is considering adding new criteria for recognizing refugees such as fear of persecution over gender, a government source said on Saturday. However, it remains to be seen whether the new policy will help increase the number of foreigners who are granted refugee status in Japan. Although a record 5,000 applications were filed last year, only 11 were given the status, triggering criticism that the country’s refugee recognition standards are too strict. At present, Tokyo screens applicants based on the Convention relating to the Status of Refugees, which defines refugees as people outside the country of their nationality facing fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion.

PNA/KYODO

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