The right to asylum: Why Europe has to take in migrants fleeing persecution by Dara Lind of Vox Media
Countries are legally obligated to take in refugees and consider applications from asylum-seekers.
People seeking refugee or asylum status have to show they've been persecutedTo get either refugee status or asylum, according to the official definition laid out by the UN (which is what the US follows in its own immigration law), an individual has to prove two things:
- He or she has been persecuted
- The persecution was because of his/her race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group
The difference between "refugees" and "asylum-seekers"The term "asylum-seeker" refers to someone who is trying to get humanitarian protection but hasn't officially been approved yet. The term "refugee" is used for someone who's been officially found to be fleeing persecution, either by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees or by another country.
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