Saturday, February 25, 2006

No. of foreigners given refugee status hits record high

Japan granted 46 people refugees status last year, a record high. A further 97 were granted permission to stay.

The equivalent figure in the UK is generally in the region of 10,000 per year. This is not particularly exceptional compared to other European nations.

In other news, Tottori prefecture gave up on its attempt to introduce legislation protecting human rights, including outlawing racial discrimination. The reason given is that the lawyers didn't like it. Just to clarify this, they aren't merely giving up, but are actually introducing a new bill to suspend enforcement of the HR legislation. As one person here comments, they could justifiably call this new bill the "Tottori Inhuman Rights Act of 2006".

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