Record Number Of Foreigners Lose Resident Status

Record number of foreigners lose resident status

The Japanese government says a record number of foreigners were stripped of their resident status in 2018.

The Immigration Services Agency says it revoked the resident status of 832 people. The figure is more than double that of the previous year.

Immigration officials say some of these foreigners engaged in activities that were incompatible with their status. 416 were from Vietnam, 152 from China, and 62 were from Nepal.

Nearly half of them were students at Japanese-language schools, vocational colleges and universities. The officials say they are cracking down on foreigners who remain in Japan after being expelled from their schools. They cite the case of a university in Tokyo that lost track of many of its foreign students.