In Mid-December, three of our members — Pham Quang Dung, Naoki Moriyama and Ilaria Canali, together with Dr Blackwood had a great discussion with Jacqueline, an Indonesian YouTuber, about the group and the issues of refugees and immigration in Japan. In particular, we talked about the group’s origin, our objectives and the range of activities we engage in. We also talked about the difficult process of applying for refugee status of asylum-seekers and the isolated conditions of immigration detention centers in Japan.
Last week, three of our members, MinhAnh Nguyen, Naoki Moriyama and Reina Hayashi, appeared in a podcast with Bento Bureau to talk about the group’s support for refugees and asylum seekers in Japan. In the podcast, we shared our stories of how we got together to form Kasumi Refugee Support Youth, how we became aware of the refugee situation in Japan, what we know about Japan’s immigration detention centres, and what we want the group to achieve in the future.
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.
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.