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2011
Project

Strengthening Multi-Sector Collaboration in Asia for Refugee Assistance

Implementing Agency Japan Association for Refugees (Japan) Year 1/3
Project classification Self-OperatedGrantCommissionedOthers Year project budget implementation 10,274,005yen
Project Outline
This project, in the interest of improving refugee protection programs in Japan and East Asia, aims to strengthen the capacity of refugee assistance organizations in Japan and elsewhere; to hold regular discussions with related government personnel; to enhance collaboration among citizens’ organizations in the Asia region; and to improve refugee protection programs in East Asia.
Implementation Plan
The following activities will be implemented during the initial year of this three-year project:
  • Capacity building and networking of Japanese citizens’ organizations
    A workshop will be held (in July, in Tokyo) on the issue of refugee detention, with experts invited from Australia. The workshop will be for citizen’s organizations involved with refugee assistance in Japan. Also, with the aim of building capacity of citizens’ organizations around the country, group discussions will be held in other cities (throughout the year, twice each in Osaka, Kobe, Nagoya, Nagasaki, and Fukuoka). Scheduled meetings will also be held (twice during the year, in Tokyo) to strengthen collaboration among refugees, regional refugee assistance organizations, and government personnel. Support will also be offered for refugee roundtable meetings (four times during the year, in Tokyo) in order to gather and communicate to others the views of refugees themselves.
  • Local surveys in Taiwan (August to October, 2011)
    Surveys will be conducted regarding refugee assistance and assistance programs in Taiwan today as well as the potential for collaboration in the East Asian region. When implementing the surveys, people from citizens’ organizations in Hong Kong will be asked to collaborate as resource persons.
  • Collaboration with other regions
    Project personnel will participate in the Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN) East Asia Workshop (June 2011, in Hong Kong) and engage in discussions about action plans with the aims of improving assistance programs in the East Asian region, and having new countries join the United Nations Convention relating to the Status of Refugees. Project personnel will participate together with citizens’ organization from Taiwan and Macao in United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) working group meetings (June 2011, in Geneva) and the Asia Pacific Refugees’ Rights Conference (October 2011, in Jakarta), to learn about current trends in the region and elsewhere, and to actively report on initiatives in East Asia for improvements in issues relating to refugee assistance.
Project Results
This fiscal year, the Japan Association for Refugees held workshops on alternatives to detention of refugees and organized information exchange meetings with civil society organizations in local cities in Japan that are active in accepting refugees. They also conducted surveys in Taiwan regarding the refugee acceptance situation and potential partners there.
In order to establish networks with Asian countries, they conducted a survey in Taiwan and dispatched personnel from civil society organizations to the Asia Pacific Refugee Rights network as well as the annual consultation
with the UNHCR.

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