Definition:

The Refugee Act of 1980 takes its definition of refugee from the 1951 United Nations Convention relating to the Status of Refugees and its 1967 Protocol. In it, a refugee is defined as "a person outside of his or her country of nationality who is unable or unwilling to return because of persecution or a well-founded fear of persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion."

A Presidential Determination is published each fiscal year outlining the number of refugee admissions that will be accepted that year as well as the number of in-country admissions that can be considered.

You are not eligible for refugee status if you have committed acts of persecution or assisted in the commission of persecution in any way, on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion.

Source: USCIS


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