The Philippines is next in line to South Korea and China with nationals who have overstayed their visa in Japan. Just last Saturday, the government of Japan deported 75 Filipinos because of immigration policy violations. A chartered plane was utilized by the Immigration Bureau of Japan to send the Filipinos en masse back to their home country.
Although 75 Filipinos were already deported, the Department of Foreign Affairs in the Philippines admitted that there are still more than 100 Filipinos detained in Japan’s immigration centres. “Prior to the deportation of the 75 nationals by chartered flight, there were over 200 Filipinos in Japanese immigration centers, constituting the highest number of foreign nationals detained in these centers,” said DFA Secretary Raul Hernandez. Among those deported, 67 accounted for adults while the remaining 8 were children.
The Japanese government used to secure consent from detained nationals before they could be deported, but the policy has been changed this year. “These are Filipinos who have been there in the immigration centers for some time now,” Hernandez revealed. “Before 2013, deportees who did not consent to be deported were not deported, so it’s only now that the Japanese government is deporting foreign nationals even without their consent.”
But only those with travelling clearance were sent back to the Philippines. According to the DFA Secretary, “Filipinos with serious medical conditions, those who have existing family ties in Japan, and [have pending] cases filed in court were excluded in the deportation.” He said that Philippine Embassy officials see to it that those with medical conditions receive proper care and assistance.