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Asylum Refugee

People fleeing persecution in their home country may qualify for refugee or asylee status. This status permits the person to enter and stay in the country, with the opportunity to gain legal resident status. The primary difference between refugee and asylee status is where the person has applied for admission. An asylee enters the United States and files his or her application within a year of arrival; or later, if the situation in their home country developed after their arrival. A refugee, on the other hand, applies for status outside of the United States. Apart from this distinction they are quite similar. An applicant for refugee or asylee status must establish that they reasonably fear persecution in their home country and that the persecution was due to their race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or because of their political opinion.

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