Japan welcomes Myanmar refugees

Japan opens doors to refugees from Myanmar, becoming the first Asian country to allow for permanent resettlement.

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    Japan has become the first country in Asia to allow the permanent resettlement of refugees, opening its doors to several families from Myanmar.

    So far only five Asian countries – China, Cambodia, the Philippines, East Timor and Japan – have signed the UN Refugee Convention.

    The UN High Commission for Refugees says there were nearly nine million refugees around the world last year, with more than a quarter of them in the Asia-Pacific.

    This year Japan has opened its doors to several families from Myanmar, but settling into the country has its difficulties.

    Al Jazeera’s Steve Chao reports from Tokyo.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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