Violations of the Immigration Control Act in 2019 (Reiwa 1)

Press release

March 27, 2020 (Reiwa 2)
Immigration Services Agency

During 2019 (Reiwa 1), 19,386 foreign nationals were subjected to deportation procedures due to violations of the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act. Among them, 12,816 people were recognized as illegal workers.
9,597 people received a written deportation order and were subsequently deported during 2019 (Reiwa 1).

  1. During 2019 (Reiwa 1), 19,386 foreign nationals were subjected to deportation procedures due to violations of the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act, an increase of 3,117 people compared to 2018 (Heisei 30).
  2. Foreign nationals from 98 countries/regions were subjected to deportation procedures. Among them 6,549 people were from the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, making up 33.8% of the total.
  3. Among the foreign nationals subjected to deportation procedures, 17,627 were foreign nationals who had overstayed their authorized periods of stay, 349 entered Japan illegally, and 255 engaged in activities other than those permitted by their statuses of residence.
  4. Among the foreign nationals subjected to deportation procedures, most had a status of residence of "Temporary Visitor" (6,367), followed by "Technical Intern Training" (4,651), and "Designated Activities" (3,238) at the time of deportation.
  5. Among the foreign nationals subjected to deportation procedures, 12,816 were recognized as illegal workers, making up 66.1% of the total number.
    67.1% of the total number of recognized illegal workers (8,601 people) had been working in the Kanto region and 18.1% (2,316 people) had been working in the Chubu region.
    By prefecture, Ibaraki Prefecture had 2,126 illegal workers, recording the highest number for the fifth consecutive year.
  6. 8,713 foreign nationals were found to have overstayed their authorized periods of stay and were subject to the departure order system.
  7. 9,597 foreign nationals received a written deportation order and were subsequently deported during 2019 (Reiwa 1).
  8. As of the end of 2019 (Reiwa 1), 2,217 foreign nationals had received a written departure order and were on provisional release.

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