- What is the theme of your research?
My research is focused on looking at the question of why “countries proactively accept refugees through a system of resettlement” from an international relations standpoint and then contributing to the theory and practice behind this based on the answer. As I arrived in England at the end of August, 2015, the Syrian Refugee Crisis has coincidentally become a widely regarded topic of discussion, keeping every day quite stimulating.
- Could you give us a quick synopsis of what you’re focusing on while studying abroad?
The Sussex Centre for Migration Research is the oldest institution in the U.K. that focuses on immigration issues, and is characterized by specialists from all over the world gathering together as students here. In my case in particular, I can meet with instructors once a month and focus on my doctoral thesis without having any course work imposed on me. That said, I also have the recommendation to attend seminars both on- and off-campus, including in London.
- How do you feel about the International Fellowship?
England as a whole is an expensive place to live, and that is especially true when it comes to tuition for those outside the EU. Because of this, the Fellowship’s support has been invaluable. I am also deeply indebted to the Fellowship for the experience I have received from them concerning raising funds for my own research while attending a Western university.
- How do you plan on using this experience after returning to Japan?
Protecting refugees is becoming more and more important both in Japan and abroad, and must transcend the boundaries of the practitioners and research immediately involved. In the Fellowship I’d like to continue focusing on writing papers and giving presentations so that I can help solve the problems surrounding the world’s refugees.