Refugee status

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Refugee status is based on the 1951 Convention on the Status of Refugees and provides legal protection for people fleeing persecution.


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Those who have obtained official refugee status receive privileges that those without it do not have access to, such as quick admission to other countries, legal protections, and even extra financial or tangible benefits from the public sector.


Many Syrians fleeing violence in their native country will qualify for refugee status based on the US definition, which requires a "fear of persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group or political opinion.


The term exiles refers to people, including soldiers and war criminals, who left their country of origin but who do not qualify for refugee status .


Synonyms and variants

  • status of refugee(s)


  • beneficiary of refugee status
  • to be granted, to be given, to obtain, to qualify for, to attain, refugee status
  • to apply for, to seek refugee status


Individuals who came to the United States and were granted refugee status were eligible for certain short-term benefits, services and aid in the resettlement process.


The UN's definition of refugees is narrow, and many are denied official refugee status because they do not fall under it.


The UN aims to register 135,000 to 200,000 to determine which people had fled persecution and would thus qualify for refugee status.



This entry defines the second meaning of "refugee".