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Asylum

The right to seek asylum from persecution is a cornerstone of protecting human rights throughout the world. The right is specifically recognized in Article 14 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states "Everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution."

In 1951, the formal basis for exercising this right was established by an interational treaty, the Geneva Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees. Countries signing that Convention recognize that people with a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group or political opinion in their home country are entitled to asylum in a new country.

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 application. Below are links to information that we have compiled on several countries that accept asylum seekers. Email us (mailbox@asylumlaw.org) if you have further questions.

   
  ...in Australia
Seeking Asylum in Australia (by the DIMA)
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  ...in the United States
What is asylum? How do I Apply? (written by the US Immigration and Naturalization service)
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