UCF Global Perspectives


Japan Preparing for Potential Refugee Influx

Christy Box, Global Connections Scholar, Human Rights and Refugees

April 21, 2017

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stated that the government is preparing for a possible influx of refugees in case of a crisis on the Korean Peninsula. The Japanese government is drawing up plans for procedures such as protecting foreigners, constructing and operating shelters and screening asylum seekers. The government is also working on a plan to evacuate 60,000 Japanese people from South Korea in the event of a crisis. These preparations are a result of increasing tensions between the governments of the United States and North Korea over recent North Korean missile tests (AP).

The Chinese government is also concerned that a potential regime collapse in North Korea would send millions of refugees across the Chinese border (Reuters 1). The North Korean government has proceeded with ballistic missile tests, despite admonitions from Chinese leaders. The potential for military conflict has created concerns throughout much of Southeast Asia due to the instability and resulting refugee situation it could create. Prime Minister Abe urged North Korean leader Kim Jong Un not to take any more provocative actions (Reuters 2).






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