|Regions with significant populations|
|Middle East and North Africa||142,371|
|Asia and the Pacific||134,613|
An asylum seeker (also rarely called an asylee applicant) is a person who flees their home country, enters another country and applies for
The terms asylum seeker and refugee are often confused: an asylum-seeker is someone who says he or she is a refugee, but whose claim has not yet been definitively evaluated. On average, about 1 million people seek asylum on an individual basis every year.
Non-governmental organizations concerned with refugees and asylum seekers have pointed out difficulties for
In recent years, the public as well as policy makers of many countries are focussing more and more on refugees arriving through
Asylum as an institution is not restricted to the category of individuals who qualify for refugee status. Rather on the contrary, this institution predates the birth of the international regime for the protection of refugees.
As of 1 July 2013, there were 145 parties to the
The practical determination of whether a person is a refugee or not is most often left to certain
In many countries, Country of Origin information is used by migration officials as part of the assessment of asylum claims, and governments commission research into the accuracy of their country reports. Some countries have studied the rejection rates of their migration officials making decisions, finding that individuals reject more applicants than others assessing similar cases - and migration officials are required to standardise the reasons for accepting or rejecting claims, so that the decision of one adjudicator is consistent with what their colleagues decide.
The refugee definition of the 1951 Convention is universally binding, but there are many other
|Decisions||2014 ||2013 ||2012 ||2011 ||2010 ||2009 ||2008 ||2007 |
|Convention refugee status||286,723||213,723||210,851||172,566||175,163||225,112||148,241||149,133|
|Complementary protection status||339,783||72,832||51,058||43,945||47,822||49,430||62,726||60,048|