Foreign mationals evading deportation (as of the end of December 2019)

Press release

March 27, 2020 (Reiwa 2)
Immigration Services Agency

Despite the issuance of a written deportation order, there are people who evade deportation for various reasons. This is not only a major obstacle to swift deportation but also a major cause of extended detention.
A summary detailing the situation of those evading deportation has been compiled.

  1. As of the end of December 2019, 942 people were detained after being issued a written deportation order. Among them, 649 people (69%) were evading deportation.
  2. Of the 649 people evading deportation, 391 detainees (60%) were undergoing procedures for recognition of refugee status and 75 detainees (12%) were involved in immigration-related litigations, totaling 445 people (69%, excluding duplicates).
    Of those who were undergoing procedures for refugee status recognition, 227 (58%) had applied multiple times (the highest was 5 times).
  3. As of the end of December 2019 (Reiwa 1), 2,217 people were granted provisional release after being issued a written deportation order.
  4. Of the 2,217 people who were granted provisional release after being issued a written deportation order, 1,412 people (64%) were undergoing procedures for recognition of refugee status and 189 people (9%) were involved in immigration-related litigations, totaling 1,537 people (69%, excluding duplicates).
    Of those who were undergoing procedures for refugee status recognition, 975 (69%) had applied multiple times (the highest was 6 times).

(See the below notice related to "Those evading deportation (as of the end of June 2019)" published in October of last year.)

Notice

December 20, 2019 (Reiwa 1)

Immigration Services Agency

In "Those Evading Deportation (as of the End of June 2019)" published by the Immigration Services Agency on October 1, 2019, it has been pointed out that one of the examples listed for "cases related to people who were granted provisional release after being issued a written deportation order that gained the attention of the public" did not include the verdict in National Diet deliberations.
The entry in the above document was an overview of a case that gained the attention of the public through journalism based on details of the case grasped through reporting of the Regional Immigration Services Bureau in accordance with Article 62 of the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act.
In this example, the arrest and confinement of the individual during the investigative stage was based on charges of attempted murder, interference with execution of public duties, and violations of the Swords and Firearms Control Act. This example was based on a report describing these charges from a related institution to the Regional Immigration Services Bureaus.
After this report, the defendant was tried for interference with execution of public duties and for violations of the Swords and Firearms Control Act, but was not tried for attempted murder. The verdict of the trial was not guilty to interference with execution of public duties, and guilty for violations of the Swords and Firearms Control Act (with a suspended prison sentence).
As such, this example was included based on reporting at the investigative stage. The Immigration Services Agency earnestly accepts this notice and will publish this sort of information based on trial verdicts in the future.

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