Inhumane deportation of 75 Pinays from Japan hit

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013


MANILA – The International Catholic migrant welfare groups expressed concern Tuesday over what they called the inhumane deportation of undocumented Filipinos in Japan.

“We question and oppose the forced mass deportation of the 75 undocumented Filipino migrants because we found that their human rights were violated and their welfare is disregarded,” the Catholic Commission of Japan Migrants, Refugees and People on the Move (J-CaRM) said in an article posted on the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines news site Tuesday.

J-CaRM is a sub-commission within the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Japan’s (CBCJ) Commission on Society, the CBCP said.

Last Aug. 20 to 26, J-CaRM and the Solidarity Network with Migrants Japan (SMJ) interviewed the deportees to check on their reintegration into Filipino society.

“Their physical and psychological conditions deteriorated while in detention. Having lived in Japan for more than a decade, they feel alienated and helpless in their home country, and they are afraid to even venture out to the streets,” they said.

Also, the groups claimed the deportees needed medical attention and counseling.

Many had symptoms of depression such as “attempted suicide, insomnia, skin disorders, ulcer, aches and difficulty in breathing,” they added.

Both groups met with key Philippine government agencies Tuesday and conveyed their findings, the CBCP said.

"There are about 200,000 Filipinos living and working in Japan, with additional 5,700 undocumented," the CBCP added.

Last July 6, Japan deported 75 illegal Filipino migrants. The CBCP said Japan for the first time chartered a plane to implement the mass deportation.

However, supporters from Japan and the Philippines such as the CBCP’s Episcopal Commission for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People and the Scalabrini Migrants Center feel "the deportees’ urgent needs and concerns are not met and that they would fall into poverty without proper assistance."

“They have no money to start a new life, with some who are left under the care of their relatives with meager income, while others have no family or relatives to return to,” they added.

Meanwhile, 43 Filipinos returned home from strife-torn Syria before midnight Tuesday, after availing of the government's mandatory repatriation program.

The Department of Foreign Affairs reported that a total of 4,553 Filipinos have been repatriated from Syria.

The 43 Filipinos arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport past 11 p.m. aboard a Qatar Airways flight.

The DFA appealed anew to Filipinos still in Syria to seek immediate repatriation as the security situation there worsens.

It also asked the families of Filipinos in Syria to provide the department information about their kin’s location and contact details. (JK/Sunnex)

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