Welcome Japan Symposium 2023

A GRF 2023 linked event organised by Welcome Japan

Welcome Japan Symposium 2023 was held on 12 December 2023, connecting Geneva, Japan and countries in the Asia and Pacific region. Organized by Welcome Japan and supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, Asia Pacific Network of Refugees (APNOR), Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN) and Forum for Refugees Japan (FRJ), the symposium convened a diverse array of stakeholders from Parliamentarian, NGOs, NPOs, the corporate sector, government agencies, and refugees, each presenting their unique pledges towards enhancing the self-reliance of refugees within Japan and beyond. The first session highlighted Japan’s contribution and on over 40 pledges, showcasing the collective efforts to create further refugee inclusion. The emphasis was on Japan's proactive approach to creating a more inclusive society for refugees, underlining the importance of national efforts in the global context of refugee support. The subsequent session was conducted in English, welcoming relevant actors from East Asia that presented their good practices and pledges, demonstrating a regional commitment to refugee support and inclusion. Key highlights included the emphasis on refugee participation, collaboration across regions, and the collective aim to improve refugee inclusion globally.

This gathering was a testament to the power of collaboration and solidarity in addressing the complex challenges faced by refugees and society. It highlighted the importance of a whole-of-society approach, where every sector plays a crucial role in fostering an environment of acceptance and support. The symposium not only provided a platform for sharing best practices and challenges but also served as a catalyst for further innovation and action in the realm of refugee inclusion.

In conclusion, Welcome Japan Symposium 2023 marked a pivotal moment in the global dialogue on refugee support, reinforcing the need for continued collaboration, commitment, and compassion. The event's outcomes and discussions are poised to influence future policies and practices, contributing to a more inclusive and supportive world for refugees.