The twofold strategy of temporariness in the Japanese immigration control system: The outcomes of a restrictive policy framework for “disguised refugees”, irregular and economic immigrants

Author: Giulia Dugar


Japan has only very recently started to be conceived as a migration destination country, however, since the 1970s, its immigration has shown steadily growing numbers, highlighting the importance for re-searchers to shed light on the specificities of the Japanese immigration phenomenon. Nevertheless, the Japanese legal immigration framework is still considered inadequate to address such a rise, and even more so when the legal framework on refugees and asylum seekers is taken into account. This contribution wishes to assess the outcomes of the Japanese Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act through the analysis of the Ministry of Justice’s legal and administra-tive regulations, supported by recent sociological reflections. The observation of the phenomenon through the lens of time led to the identification of a twofold strategy grounded on temporariness that exercises its influence on refugees and irregular immigrants, as well as economic immigrants.

DOI: 10.13131/unipi/6f16-fc89

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GIULIA DUGAR è assegnista di ricerca presso il Dipartimento di Scienze Statistiche “Paolo Fortunati” dell’Università di Bologna Email:

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