Friday, December 19
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Every person has the right to live free from persecution, or the fear of persecution, based on their race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion. Though every government is obligated to provide this right, many fail. Every year millions of people face persecution for traits they cannot control or exercising their religious or political beliefs. When governments fail to protect these rights, people have the right to move to a country that will protect them. This is the right to asylum. People who seek to exercise this right are called "asylum seekers" or, in some cases, "refugees." In 1951, the formal basis for exercising the right to asylum was established by an interational treaty, the Geneva Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees. Countries signing that Convention have an obligation to provide asylum or refuge to people fleeing persecution.

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First Aid Just Posted! A comprehensive guide to important considerations in seeking asylum, including 10 key recommendations, statistics from countries of refuge, and a complete explanation of the "Dublin II" limitations in Europe.

Basic Research

As a practical matter, people generally seek asylum in established democracies with a reputation for respecting human rights and prohibiting persecution. These are mainly countries in Western Europe, North America, and Oceania. Many of these countries have developed special procedures and courts to review asylum applications. Use the pull down menu to learn more about the process in about 30 countries.
With the generous help of GEA 2000, we've also put together a chart with links to numberous asylum-related sites, based on the country in which you intend to seek asylum.
Due to attacks by inappropriate web sites, the public discussion board for asylum seekers has been disabled until further notice.

Advanced Research

For reports and other documents about the country you are fleeing, use the pull down "case support" menu on the home page or go directly to the case support section of the site. To reseach the law about the country in which are seeking asylum, pull down the menu called "legal tools" on the home page or go directly to the legal tools section of the site.

Seeking asylum is a serious matter with life-long ramifications. We urge you to prepare you case in as much detail as possible and hope that your journey brings the peace and security that every person deserves.

We wish you the best of luck through this process.


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