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Japan to Accept Small Number of Syrian Refugees as Exchange Students Over 5 Year Program

The Japanese government has announced that this year it will begin accepting Syrian refugees to the country as exchange students, allowing them to bring along their spouses and children, taking in a total of 300 refugees over a five-year span. In addition to providing them with an allowance for living expenses, the refugee families will also be given the opportunity to settle in the country at the end of their term as exchange students.

Using the Japan International Cooperation Agency’s (JICA) technical cooperation organization, 20 exchange students per year will be accepted from Syrian refugees who escaped to Jordan and Lebanon. Based on the average Syrian family structure, JICA expects the total number of refugees entering Japan over the next five years to be 300 people. The first 20 students and their families are scheduled to arrive this summer.


  • Knowing the Japanese government as I do, those "exchange students" will probably be carefully selected from only the most educated and professionally qualified potential candidates.  The current government does not want anyone moving here unless they can provide an in-demand service of some sort, and even then there seem to be more conservative elements who would prefer if no one came here at all.

    Given that the population is set to decrease by 25% over the next 20-30 years, and that the government is pooping their pants over the fact, perhaps allowing more people to enter the country might help matters.
  • Matt_ADMIN_Matt_ADMIN_ Administrator
    edited February 2017
    I can appreciate their perspective, but this still leaves the world with a conundrum: not every human being has a PhD and is suited to work inside of a robotics factory. Everyone wants the foam, but not the water. That leaves a lot of people high and dry, people who I imagine start to wonder if invitations to do otherwise unthinkable things in exchange for a bit of food might be more appealing than starving to death.
    "...Say, 'GOD is sufficient for me.' In Him the trusters shall trust." (Quran 39:38)
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