Peoples' reasons behind pleading for cautious intake of refugees Japan 2019

According to a survey conducted in November 2019, more than 67 percent of respondents who were in favor of more caution regarding the intake of refugees stated the likelihood of criminals entering the country as one of the reasons for their stance. At 39.3 percent, complication of daily life due to a difference in culture and lifestyle was also a commonly stated reason.

People's reasoning as to why refugees should be accepted more cautiously in Japan as of November 2019

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Release date

January 2020



Survey time period

November 7 to 17, 2019

Number of respondents

894 respondents

Age group

18 years and older

Special properties

only Japanese citizens; multiple answers possible

Method of interview

Face-to-face interview

Supplementary notes

Original question: "Why do you think refugees should be accepted cautiously from now on?"
Only respondents who previously answered "Cautiously" or "Rather cautiously" to the question whether they wanted Japan to take in refugees more proactively or more cautiously from now.

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