A recent policy change has the US turning Venezuelan asylum-seekers away at land borders, although officials say a limited "parole program" will help. As rights groups decry the change, Venezuelans are stuck in limbo.
Wishma Sandamali, a 33-year-old Sri Lankan woman, died in a Japanese detention centre in March of last year. Her death sparked debate on the treatment of the 1,500 asylum seekers currently in detention in Japan. Many of them claim they are being treated inhumanely. Despite its economic might, Japan takes in few refugees. In 2020, it accepted less than 100 asylum seekers, while France, whose population is half the size of Japan's, took in 24,000. Our correspondents report from the city of Nagoya, where Wishma died.
21 Oct 2020
Donald Trump's asylum policy, which took effect last year, have kept tens of thousands of asylum seekers outside of the US. The Supreme Court agreed to take up two key Mexico-related cases after the November election.