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Asylum seeker

a person who, from fear of persecution for reasons of race, religion, social group, or political opinion, has crossed an international frontier into a country in which he or she hopes to be granted refugee status
Contemporary Examples

A smuggler’s boat loaded with asylum seeker was intercepted by the Australian Navy as it headed to Christmas Island.
Deadly Boat Disaster Rattles Australia’s Conscience Raymond Bonner December 15, 2010


an individual who seeks refuge, esp. political asylum, in a foreign country

The documentary told the asylum seeker’s story.


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