Implementing the month-long countermeasures for illegal foreign workers campaign

Press release

May 31, 2019 (Reiwa 1)
Immigration Services Agency

The Immigration Services Agency has once again designated June this year as "Foreign Workers Awareness Month" in order to address the illegal foreign worker issue. The Agency will hold a campaign to seek the understanding and cooperation of business owners who employ foreign nationals in preventing illegal employment.

1. Implementation period

One month (from June 1, 2019, to June 30, 2019)

2. Main target

Business owners; business owner organizations; relevant government agencies; and local governments

3. Implementation details

(1) Raising awareness among business owners

For business owners employing or planning to employ foreign nationals, a leaflet will explain reminders when employing foreign nationals and calls for efforts to be made to prevent illegal employment. In particular, employers will be asked to carefully check employment restrictions on the residence card of those whom they are considering hiring in order to avoid mistakenly employing an illegal foreign worker, such as someone who is not allowed to work while their application for recognition of refugee status is being processed.
As of the end of 2018, there were 2,501 people (around twice as many as in 2008) who were put on provisional release without being deported even though they were ordered to be deported from Japan. Among them, many were working regardless of not being approved to work. Therefore, this leaflet urges attention regarding the employment of foreign nationals who are on provisional release.

(2) Request for cooperation from affiliated organizations

The Agency requests employer organizations (small and medium-sized business organizations, chambers of commerce and industry, etc.), relevant administrative agencies, and local public organizations to actively conduct educational activities regarding the prevention of illegal employment.

(3) Dispatch of instructors for training sessions and orientations

Employees of the Regional Immigration Services Bureaus will be sent as instructors for training sessions and orientations held by companies and organizations to raise awareness of illegal employment.

(4) Strengthening cooperation with local governments

The Immigration Services Agency will conduct community-based public relations activities, such as street promotions at stations and downtown shopping areas, and joint campaigns in cooperation with local governments, etc., in order to promote proper understanding of the illegal foreign worker issue.

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