The Resilience of Ukrainian Refugees in Japan
by Maya Murakami-Moses
Category: Social Science
Abstract – In March 2022, Japan opened its borders to accept over 2000 refugees from the Russo-Ukrainian war despite being reluctant to take in refugees in previous conflicts. This study measures integration into Japanese society, resilience, coping mechanisms, and mental health through a quantitative and qualitative survey carried out with 45 participants in Tokyo. The key findings of this study are (1) though resilience measures are high, the refugees’ mental health is compromised and (2) help is needed in four particular areas: Language classes, mental health support, opportunities for cultural exchange, and transportation assistance.