Violations of the Immigration Control Act in the first half of 2019 (Reiwa 1) (preliminary statistics)

Press release

October 25, 2019 (Reiwa 1)
Immigration Services Agency

During the first half of 2019 (Reiwa 1), 9,012 foreign nationals from 81 countries and regions were subjected to deportation procedures due to violating the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act. Of these, 5,857 foreign nationals were found to be working illegally. 4,417 foreign nationals received written deportation orders and were subsequently deported during the first half of 2019 (Reiwa 1).

  1. During the first half of 2019 (Reiwa 1), 9,012 foreign nationals were subjected to deportation procedures due to violations of the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act. This is an increase of 1,120 people compared to the same period of the previous year. Among these, 4,053 foreign nationals were found to be subject to the Departure Order System.
  2. Across Japan, violations were detected in 721 locations (264 locations fewer than the same period of the previous year).
  3. Among the foreign nationals subjected to deportation procedures, 8,148 were foreign nationals who had overstayed their authorized periods of stay, and 170 were found to have entered Japan illegally.
  4. Foreign nationals from 81 countries/regions were subjected to deportation procedures. Among them, 2,811 people were from the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, making up 31.2% of the total.
  5. Among the foreign nationals subjected to deportation procedures, 5,857 were recognized as illegal workers, making up 65.0% of the total.
    By prefecture, the most illegal workers were found in Ibaraki Prefecture (994 people, 52 people fewer than the same period of the previous year).
  6. 4,417 foreign nationals received written deportation orders and were subsequently deported during the first half of 2019 (Reiwa 1). This is a decrease of 32 people compared the same period of the previous year.
  7. As of the end of June 2019 (Reiwa 1), 2,303 foreign nationals had received written deportation orders and were on provisional release. This is a decrease of 198 people compared to 2018 (Heisei 30).

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