What is a refugee?
A refugee is someone who has been forced to leave their country. They may have been persecuted or have a 'well-founded fear of being persecuted' because of their race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group, or political opinion.
What is an asylum seeker?
An asylum seeker is a person who has applied for legal recognition as a refugee in another country and is waiting for a decision on their application.
What does asylum mean?
Asylum means a secure place of refuge, shelter, or retreat.
Who cannot get asylum in Britain?
People who have been involved in war crimes, crimes against peace, serious non-political crimes and crimes against humanity.
Everyone has the right to seek asylum.
This is a important human right stated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.