The Face of Political Asylum

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According to US Legal, Incorporated, a legal destination site for consumers, small business, attorneys, and corporations, the legal definition for political asylum is as follows: “Political asylum refers to the protection given to political refugees from arrest by a foreign jurisdiction. A nation or embassy that affords such protection is also called asylum. Asylum is not the same as refugee. In case of asylum the asylum-seeker (or asylee) seeks his or her status after arriving in what is hoped will be the welcoming country, whereas a refugee is given that status before traveling to the final destination” (Political Asylum Law and Legal Definition). Statistics show a surge in the number of refugees that have been granted asylum in the United States over an eighteen-year period. The United States is the largest single recipient of asylum applications worldwide. About half of those seeking asylum in the United States come from Latin American countries (U.S. Asylum System). European asylum applicants accounted for only 11 percent of the total grants of asylum in the United States during 2008 (Morrill). Political asylum is difficult to obtain in the United States but it is worth the effort to secure freedom from persecution. People have varying reasons for leaving their countries. Therefore, asylum is a complicated issue. Not all asylum-seekers have a good reason for seeking protection from another government. Also, the procedure for acquiring asylum is complex. It involves a number of interviews, and the paperwork can seem overwhelming. In order to receive asylum, a person must be a refugee, which U.S. immigration defines as a person who is unable or unwilling to return to his or her country “because of persecution or a well-f... ... middle of paper ... ...15 Feb 2011. "Political Asylum Law & Legal Definition." USLegal.com. US Legal Inc., n.d. Web. 16 Feb 2011. Preston, Julia. "U.S. May Be Open to Asylum for Spouse Abuse." The New York Times. The New York Times Company, 30 OCT 2009. Web. 16 Feb 2011. Robertson, Campbell. "Judge Grants Asylum to German Home Schoolers." The New York Times. The New York Times Company, 28 Feb 2010. Web. 16 Feb 2011. Schrag, Philip G., et al. "Rejecting Refugees: Homeland Security's Administration of the One- Year Bar to Asylum." William and Mary Law Review 52.3 (2010): 651+. Academic OneFile. Web. 15 Feb. 2011. United States.Government Accountability Office. “U.S. Asylum System.” Washington, DC: , 2008. Web. 16 Feb 2011. Zylstra, Sarah Eekhoff. “Asylum Surprise.” Christianity Today 54.5 (2010): 15-16. Religion and Philosophy Collection. EBSCO. Web. 14 Feb. 2011

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