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Refugees Lose Interest in Resettling in Japan

28 September 2012

A Japanese program to resettle Burmese refugees living in camps in Thailand has failed to attract a single applicant, according to a report by Japan’s public broadcaster NHK. The program, which was initiated two years ago, has so far brought 45 refugees from nine families to Japan. However, 16 refugees from three families who were expected to participate in the program this year have all withdrawn, citing concerns about adjusting to life in Japan. The Japanese government plans to continue the program next year, but is now reconsidering how it will be administered.