Sunday, August 20, 2023

What is the difference between asylum and refugee status in the UK

 In the UK, an asylum seeker is someone who has left their country and is unable to return due to the threat of persecution, while a refugee is someone who has been granted protection by the UK government because they meet the definition of a refugee under the 1951 Refugee Convention

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 The asylum process is the legal process of refugee status determination, and it can be lengthy and complex
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 If a person's asylum claim is successful, they may be granted refugee status or humanitarian protection, which are two different statuses
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Refugee status is granted to an asylum seeker who meets the requirements of paragraph 334 of the Immigration Rules, while humanitarian protection is granted to those who do not meet the requirements for refugee status but still need protection
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Refugee status can be granted for five years with settlement possible after that, while humanitarian protection is temporary and usually involves a ten-year journey to settlement in the UK
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