Japan, one of the ASEAN nations has been generously accepting Karen refugees from Karen state in which conflicts in these areas are rampant. Junji Ito, first secretary for political affairs at the Japanese Embassy in Bangkok, is organizing the program on the relocation of 15 Karen families with 41 people staying at camp Um-piam which is a temporary site for more than 25,000 people who were forced to evacuate due to the fighting alongside Thailand.
As Ito along with an authorized representative from the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees visited the place, the government of Japan is determined in giving out a three year term for resettlement purposes, according to Kyodo report.
The three year plan which will end next March covers only 9 families with 45 members though they have also positively identified 90 more refugees from the Tak Province of Thailand, who may be given the chance to be part of the program. As part of the relocation scheme, annually they will be accepting at least 30 refugees from the Um-piam camp.
Among the many benefits they will be enjoying would be the training program the Japanese government will be providing with the inclusion of learning the Japanese language and furthermore, the enhancements of vocational skills to strengthen and increase their knowledge and expertise in any field that they are qualified. These would greatly improve their lives by landing on different jobs with the ability gained through this training and experience.
At present 150,000 refugees are in Thailand where 9 camps were established along the border. It was noted that 60% of the refugees are housed in three camps in Tak Province. The UNHCR has been helping and facilitating the displaced refugees for some 80,000 of the third world countries since 2007 and approximately 80% of these refugees have been residing in the U.S.