Cultural Policy about Immigration and Refugee

Principal Researcher in Kobe University
(Professor, Graduate School of Intercultural Studies, Kobe University)

Principal Researchers in the Oversea Partner University
(Professor, Department of Cultural Policy, University of Hildesheim)

Due to the deteriorating political situation in the Middle East, since 2015 year, a large number of refugees have been flowing mainly from Syria into Europe. The number of refugees accepted in Germany alone has surpassed 100 million. Amid the increasing popular support for political parties that oppose the Islamization of Europe, Germany’s cultural policy officials are attempting to relieve the friction between Germany as the host society and the refugees and develop cultural policies that provide mental and emotional care to refugees.  The “Cultural Policies on Refugees” should be noted as an example of policy that responds to the new social problems linked to globalization. This approach is effective not only from the perspective of protecting international human rights but also as a way of fostering sustainable economic development and supporting societies with a declining birthrate and aging population. Our research exchange activities that will examine Japan's policy issues and international contributions in Asia and the world will be highly valued from a policy perspective as well.