Month: October 2020

[Part II] An Interview with Alex Easley – The Strength of A Big Heart | Housing Support and Difficulties Refugees and Asylum-seekers are Facing in Japan

This article is the second part of an interview we had with Mr Alex Easley, an American expat offering humanitarian support for refugees and asylum-seekers in Japan for more than eleven years. It will focus on Mr Easley’s housing support for refugees and asylum-seekers, the problems they are facing and his view on the refugee situation in Japan. The first part of the interview has shed light on his motivations to support refugees and asylum seekers in Japan and his experiences of visiting the detention centers. It can be found here.

[Part I] An Interview with Alex Easley – The Strength of A Big Heart | Motivations and Detention Center Visits

At the end of August, we had an opportunity to interview Mr Alex Easley, an American singer who is providing humanitarian support to refugees and asylum-seekers in Japan, especially those detained in immigration detention centers. Migrants are held in immigration detention centers for three reasons: 1) they are seeking refugee status and are (refused then) detained immediately when they arrive in Narita airport; 2) they have violated Japan’s residency laws, including overstaying their visas; 3) they have served a sentence after committing a crime Japan.

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