Moderator and Panelist
石川 えり 氏
"Disparate Society and Poverty"
Chair of the Board, Japan Association for Refugees
Part time Lecturer at Sophia University and School of International and Public Policy, Hitotsubashi University
Refugees, who fled from persecution and war, has increased and become more than 70 million, which is the worst number after the World WarⅡ. Japan, is a signatory of Refugee Convention, has an asylum system but implement in a very strict way. While their asylum claim is being processed, minimum social assistance is not secured and quite a few asylum seekers become homeless. The government even does not allow the right to work of asylum seekers, especially through the court procedure, which makes them destitute situation. In the presentation, the role of faith based organization and relevance of embracing all the people in the society will be discussed.