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Asylum Seekers

Asylum seekers are individuals who have fled their country of origin due to persecution, conflict, violence, or other circumstances that have seriously threatened their life, freedom or safety, and who seek international protection in another country, but whose claim for refugee status has not yet been legally determined. The right to seek asylum is enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states that everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution. Asylum seekers often face numerous challenges and hardships, including dangerous journeys, separation from family, detention, and uncertainty about their future. The process of seeking asylum involves submitting an application to the authorities of the host country, which assesses whether the individual meets the legal definition of a refugee. This definition, outlined in the 1951 Refugee Convention, considers a refugee to be someone who is unable or unwilling to return to their country of origin owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group, or political opinion. While awaiting a decision on their asylum application, which can take months or even years, asylum seekers may have limited access to employment, healthcare, education and other services, depending on the policies of the host country. If the application is approved, the individual is granted refugee status and receives certain rights and protections, such as the right to work and access to social services. If the application is rejected, the individual may face deportation to their country of origin, unless they can appeal the decision or secure alternative legal status.

migration, refugees, human rights, international protection

Robert Anderson

CITATION : "Robert Anderson. 'Asylum Seekers.' Design+Encyclopedia. (Accessed on April 19, 2024)"

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