Not welcome: Japan refuses more than 99 percent of refugee applications

It has been a decade since Liliane last saw her little girl. She fled Africa in fear for her life, leaving behind everything she knew and loved in the hope of a fresh start in Japan.

Today, she scrapes a living from dead-end jobs, and what Japanese she knows has been snatched from television shows. There is little government help for people like her: free language courses are limited, social housing is hard to find, discrimination is rife.

Yet Liliane is regarded as one of the lucky ones – she was granted refugee status in Japan, a country which refuses more than 99 percent of cases.

“It has not been easy,” she tells AFP, speaking under a pseudonym.

She adds: “Here they do not pay for your studies, they do not help you to get bank loans, or give you social housing… we are left to ourselves, we have to fight alone.”

  • LairdKintyre

    Asians, especially the Japanese are the most intelligent people on the planet. IQ scores always bear this out. I guess I’m just a bigoted White Man for pointing that out.

  • mauser 98

    media wont touch

  • Dana Garcia

    Smart. In fact, why should any nation be expected to admit refugees from totally retro cultures who have little chance of ever assimilating?

    Let the muslims take care of fellow muslims, period. Whatever happened to the all-welcoming ummah we used to hear about before there were millions of muzbo refugees??

  • The Butterfly

    And nobody holds it against them either.

  • Alain

    Japanese politicians are unwilling to commit treason and the Japanese people reject the destruction of their country, culture and language. That is a normal and good thing, but something lacking in the rest of the West. I shed no tears for Liliane and her fellow travellers, but I applaud Japan and its people. By the same you won’t it any different in China or other Asian countries, and good for them.

  • FactsWillOut

    Stupid African decrying that no-one will give her free stuff. Africans calling for slavery, hooda thunk it?

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    Screw her. I couldn’t care less about her plight

  • LairdKintyre

    Well, at least Japan may well always be Japan. Pray that the Divine Wind will blow if need arises and keep it that way.

  • LairdKintyre

    Such sense of entitlement from these refugees. One would expect gratitude since obviously 99 people were turned away before the one was accepted. Give me a break. No free handouts and they expect you fit in and learn the language and work. Sounds like as close to a fool proof plan for success to me as a society.

  • Uncommunist

    Just like white het males from middle and lower class Canada that want to improve their lot in life.

  • Watchman

    Obviously the 99% are slow learners/stupidly misinformed if they think they are going to get the red carpet and free ride provided to refugees by Britain, Canada, and some European countries.

  • WalterBannon

    Japan is much TOO kind to refugees

  • vwVwwVwv

    and they are damn smart for not receiving any

  • Aside from inborn xenophobia, the Japanese don’t wish to duplicate the experiences of other countries whose lazy policies are more costly than beneficial.

    There is compassion and there is suicide. Europe has opted for the latter.

    • Alain

      Some good old fashioned xenophobia would greatly improve Canada. Like it or not, she can never be fully accepted in Japan, and that is just the way things are. What we call xenophobia is nothing more than normal human reaction to those who are different, something people learned as a valuable tool for survival. In our world where we fear to call breastfeeding natural, or a man a man, a woman a woman, we have lost all survival instinct.

      • Xenophobia, strictly speaking, is an irrational fear of strangers.

        If one knows those strangers are not beneficial and deliberately harmful, well, that is not irrational to fear them.

        But Japan had to be dragged into the rest of the world.

        • Alain

          An example of a country that was one of the least xenophobic is France, where the belief that speaking French and having been taught and exposed to French culture meant total assimilation. That however has not worked out well for France and I suggest the same for Quebec where being francophone was and is the main criteria for immigrants. Quebec historically was the opposite of France in being extremely xenophobic even to francophones who were not “pure laine” Quebecers. That and their catholicism were tossed to the wind by the socialists.

          • Bingo.

            The French on either side of the Atlantic divide threw away their culture and supplanted it solely with language.


  • Millie_Woods

    The Japanese won’t be prosperous until they admit more uneducated, semi-literate refugees who speak Senegalese and can barely scrape by without a bank loan.

    • Alain

      Trust me they can live with that.