Newspaper article The Daily Yomiuri (Toyko, Japan)

Provisional Releases on Rise in Deportation Cases

Newspaper article The Daily Yomiuri (Toyko, Japan)

Provisional Releases on Rise in Deportation Cases

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The number of non-Japanese provisionally released from detention facilities after receiving deportation orders reached a record 3,606 as of the end of last year, according to Justice Ministry data released Tuesday.

In many cases, these people try to avoid deportation by submitting applications for refugee status or filing lawsuits for the cancellation of deportation orders. The ministry is likely to strengthen measures to prevent these cases.

According to the ministry, the preliminary figure covered those ordered to leave Japan for such reasons as an illegal stay.

The Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Law authorizes the immigration control authorities to issue deportation orders to those who have illegally entered or have been engaged in certain activities such as working without legal permits after investigations into their situations and other necessary measures.

They are housed in detention centers until they are deported, but the authorities grant them provisional-release status for humanitarian reasons, including in cases in which they have been detained for a long time. …

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