Japan pledges $1.5 bn aid money for migrant crisis

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Shinzo Abe UNSCJapan : Every country is playing its role in the non-terminating migrant crisis and making financial contributions as per their own country budget. Japan has done its bit by anouncing aid money towards peace building.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made a recent anouncement in this regard by pledging $810m (£534m) aid money to help Syrians and Iraqis displaced by conflicts. While addressing the UN General Assembly, Abe in his speech said that Japan would, besides taking Syria and Iraqi displacement into consideration, would also contribute $750m to peace-building efforts in the Middle East and Africa.

However, he remained firm that Japan would not take in any refugees from those conflict zones as yet. Japan accepted only 11 of 5,000 asylum seekers last year. Huge numbers of people have fled to Europe in recent months as Europe has been the shelter home for the stranded migrants in the past months.

In a news conference, Abe analysed that – before accepting immigrants or refugees, we need to have more activities by women, by elderly people and we must raise [the] birthrate.

Japan along with Brazil, Germany and India – is pushing for a seat on the Security Council. Japan is also in the process of changing the role of its military so that it can play a more active role in UN peacekeeping. Its post-war constitution bans the use of force to resolve international conflicts except in cases of self-defence.

Every day reports and updates on migrant crisis revealed that hoards of migrants have been heading north from the Mediterranean, and large numbers have gathered at border crossings and made a crossover to open destinations, while some have died trying to cross into Europe by sea.

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