Month: March 2021

Afghanistan: The “World’s Least Peaceful Country”

Afghan refugees are one of the largest protracted refugee populations in the world. More than forty years ago, Afghanistan entered a situation of instability that is still ongoing nowadays. Since then, more than 400,000 people escaped from the violence protracted by the Communist-led Taraki and Amin regime, crossing over into neighboring Pakistan and Iran.

Refugee Advocacy in Japan: What You Need To Know

Refugee advocacy in Japan did not start until around the 1980s, after Japan accepted 11,319 forced migrants from Indochina under the pressure of the U.S and its allies. Around the same time, the country became a party to the 1951 Refugee Convention in an effort to overcome its isolationist image and foster a positive reputation as a developed country willing to fulfill its international obligations.

The ‘Invisibles’ of Myanmar: The Rohingya

The Rohingya is one of the many ethnic minorities of Myanmar, and the largest Muslim group in the country (around 1 million), mostly living in the Rakhine state. The descendants of Arab traders have been in the region for generations with their own language and culture. Not being recognized as citizens means they do not have access to education, jobs, and health care, forcing them into a condition of extreme poverty and marginalization.

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