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A new report shows Japan has been taking a very cautious approach to accepting Syrian refugees.

The country approved only 11 applicants out of the more than 7,500 who applied for official refugee status in 2014.

Over the last five years, Japan has granted refugee status to less than one percent of applicants, according to an AP report.

The article states that most of those rejected aren't sent home straight away and that dozens each year are granted special humanitarian protection.

In contrast, Germany has accepted nearly 40,000 Syrian asylum-seekers since 2013, while the U.S. has pledged to accept 10,000 Syrian refugees and has resettled 2,234 since 2010.

Japanese immigration officials say they suspect many applicants are job seekers, not true refugees fleeing persecution or conflict.


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