Sofía, a 25-year-old woman who has applied for asylum and also requested anonymity, was held for two weeks.
“Maybe the lunatics really have taken over the asylum,” one former Murdoch tabloid editor mused to me.
Upon entry, he walked up to the first immigration officer he saw, and asked for asylum.
early 15c., earlier asile (late 14c.), from Latin asylum "sanctuary," from Greek asylon "refuge," noun use of neuter of asylos "inviolable, safe from violence," especially of persons seeking protection, from a- "without" + syle "right of seizure." So literally "an inviolable place." General sense of "safe or secure place" is from 1640s; meaning "benevolent institution to shelter some class of persons" is from 1776.
asylum a·sy·lum (ə-sī'ləm)
An institution for the care of people, especially individuals with physical or mental impairments, who require organized supervision or assistance.