Foreign nationals who overstayed their authorized periods of stay in Japan (July 1, 2019)

Press release

October 25, 2019 (Reiwa 1)
Immigration Services Agency

  • There were 79,013 foreign nationals in Japan who had overstayed their authorized periods of stay as of July 1, 2019
  • This was an increase of 4,846 people (+6.5%) from January 1, 2019 (Heisei 31)

(Note 1) The statistics given are approximations calculated as of June 1, 2019. The statistics were calculated using information on deportation procedures, the recorded number of entrances and departures of foreign nationals, and figures extracted from computerized data showing the number of people whose period of stay had ended.
(Note 2) The percentages given for each item have been rounded to the nearest tenth and may not necessarily add up to 100.0%.

1. Trends of illegal residents and gender

There were 79,013 illegal residents as of July 1, 2019 (Reiwa 1). Compared to the 74,167 illegal residents as of January 1, 2019 (Heisei 31), this indicates an increase of 4,846 illegal residents (+6.5%).
There were more male illegal residents than female, with 46,264 (58.6%) male and 32,749 (41.4%) female. This was an increase of 3,632 males (+8.5%) and 1,214 females (+3.8%) from January 1, 2019 (Heisei 31).

2. Illegal residents (by nationality) - Table 1, Table 2, Fig. 1, Fig. 2

As of January 1, 2019, the Federative Republic of Brazil had fallen from tenth place in the ranking of most represented countries/regions. Sri Lanka entered the list at ninth place. The Socialist Republic of Vietnam overtook the Republic of Korea for first place, while the Republic of Indonesia surpassed the Republic of China (Taiwan) to become sixth.
While numbers had increased for seven countries/regions since January 1, 2019, of particular note were the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, with an increase of 2,194 illegal residents (+19.7%); the Republic of Indonesia with 631 illegal residents (+19.0%); and an increase of 168 illegal residents (+19.5%) from Sri Lanka.

3. Illegal residents (by status of residence) - Table 3, Fig. 3

Despite there being no changes to the top five statuses of residence, the "Designated Activities" status of residence has overtaken "Student" and remains the third most common status of residence since January 1, 2019.
Only "Spouse or Child of a Japanese National" has seen a decrease since January 1, 2019, while the other four statuses have all seen increases. "Technical Intern Training" saw a 15.9% increase of 1,489 people, and "Designated Activities" saw a 26.6% increase of 1,122 people.

(Note 1) The status of residence shown is that which was held by the foreign national at the time when he/she became an illegal resident.
(Note 2) References to the "Technical Intern Training" status include "Technical Intern Training (i) (a)," "Technical Intern Training (i) (b)," "Technical Intern Training (ii) (a)," "Technical Intern Training (ii) (b)," "Technical Intern Training (iii) (a)," as well as "Technical Intern Training (iii) (b)."
(Note 3) References to the "Student" status of residence include those with the "Pre-College Student"status of residence (available before the enforcement of the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act on July 1, 2010).

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