Seeking Asylum

Seeking Asylum

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Asylum Seeker asked 52 years ago
How does one go about applying for asylum?

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RA answered 2 years ago
Generally, the process for applying for asylum is fifferent from country to country. The best strting point is for the person wanting to apply for asylum is to register with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). The organization will then help the person and make their application available to countries agencies managing this process. Each country follows is own policy on process asylum and refugee applications.

We will use the United States as an example to explain the process.

To establish eligibility for asylum or refugee status under U.S. law (8 U.S.C. § 1158), the applicant must prove that they meet the definition of a refugee (under 8 U.S.C. § 1101). Generally, this means showing that they are either the victim of past persecution orthey have a well-founded fear of future persecution.

An asylum claimant must demonstrate persecution based on one of the five protected grounds:

. race,

. religion,

. nationality, and

. membership in a particular social group or political opinion.

A person may apply for asylum if they are at a port of entry or in the United States. They may apply for asylum regardless of their immigration status and within one year of their arrival to the United States.

Generally, they cannot apply for asylum from outside of the United States.

Under a new (Trum administation) “Remain in Mexico” policy, the U.S. government will return certain asylum-seekers to Mexico to wait through the duration of their cases pending in the U.S. immigration court system.

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