Migrants in Japan

The number of migrants coming to Japan has dramatically increased since 1980. In 2005, according to the registered number of foreigners, there are about 2,000,000 foreign residents. However, the Japanese government has a policy of not accepting migrants who do not qualify for specific “skilled” categories. Therefore, there are about 200,000 migrants in Japan without staying permits.This contributes to human rights violations.

The United Nations states the fundamental human rights of migrants regardless of their staying permit in “International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families” (effective July 2003) Solidarity Network with Migrants Japan’s work is based on the spirit of this treaty.

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