asylum seeker

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asylum seeker
 
n
a person who, from fear of persecution for reasons of race, religion, social group, or political opinion, has crossed an international frontier into a country in which he or she hopes to be granted refugee status

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Main Entry:  asylum seeker
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  an individual who seeks refuge, esp. political asylum, in a foreign country
Example:  The documentary told the asylum seeker's story.
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