Asylum Seeker

The definition of asylum seeker may vary from country to country, depending on the laws of each country. However, in most countries, the terms asylum seeker and refugee differ only in the place where an individual asks for protection. On the one hand, an asylum seeker asks for protection after arriving to the host country, while a refugee asks for protection and is granted this protected status outside of the host country.

In the UK asylum seekers are individuals who claim to be refugees who are waiting for a decision from the Home Office (HO) on their case.They will have lodged an application for protection on the basis of the Refugee Convention or Article 3 of the ECHR.

Attributed to and the Refugee Council.

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