Jesuit Network on Migration in
The East-Asian and Pacific
region – or the Jesuit Conference of Asia and the Pacific (JCAP) – where our
Jesuit Provinces are located, is a very strategic region, from the point of
view of migration. Japan, Korea, Taiwan and Australia, mainly, are countries
accepting migrant workers, the rest are countries sending workers. Millions are
moving around the whole region seeking jobs and safety. Different from other
countries, in Japan alone we have hundreds of thousands of Brazilians,
Peruvians, and other Latin Americans.
Several years ago, JCAP
selected “migration” as a priority issue. Since then, the Jesuit network for
migration, comprising seven active countries, was established. Besides the
activities with vulnerable migrants conducted in each country, the network has
done research and published books on families of migrant workers left alone
back in the sending country and migrants returning to their place of origin.
The third topic is “brokerage” in the region.
Now, since the numbers of Vietnamese coming to Japan for work, under the name
of “trainees,” has greatly swollen to over 200 000 in the last five years
we decided to do research in Vietnam to study how so many young workers of poor
rural areas could manage to come to work in Japan. We spent, in all, more than
seven weeks in Vietnam, after doing something similar in Japan with the
assistance of Vietnamese living here. Part of the findings will be printed in Brokers,
the third book of the Jesuit network, which will appear soon.