In 2014 Japan granted 11 people asylum. 5000 people tried their luck but only 0.2% were given the green light. This is new record and a monumental increase from 2013 when only 6 people were granted asylum.
Immigration officials say that the sharp increase in the number of asylum seekers is due to the attractiveness of Japan to foreign workers. Some therefore claim asylum so as to be able to stay in the country.
“Most people aren’t coming for political reasons. In countries like Nepal and Sri Lanka, many people think they can come to Japan to work,” – Hiroshi Kimizuka, director of refugee recognition at the Ministry of Justice.
Sweden is also breaking records and granted 35,500 people asylum in 2014 despite having 1/13th of Japans population.
“When I meet foreign colleagues they say that Sweden is an odd country in regards to asylum questions. I say, no, it is you who are odd. All of you” – Anders Danielsson, director-general of the Swedish Migration Board.