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a·sy·lum

(ă-sī'lŭm),
Older term for an institution for the housing and care of those who by reason of age or of mental or bodily infirmities are unable to care for themselves.
[L. fr. G. asylon, a sanctuary, fr. a- priv. + sylē, right of seizure]

asylum

Global village
Protection given by a state (country) to a foreign person fleeing persecution in his or her own country. Asylum is given under the 1951 United Nations Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees; to be recognised as a refugee, one must have left his or country and be unable to go back because he or she has a well-founded fear of persecution.

Medical history
An obsolete term for a healthcare facility for patients who are unable to care for themselves; e.g., institution. The choice of appropriate equivalent term for asylum is based on the nature of the underlying condition: for example, if the condition is mental, it may be designated as a psychiatric inpatient facility; if the institutionalisation is for a terminal physical condition (e.g., AIDS or cancer) it is termed hospice.

a·sy·lum

(ă-sī'lŭm)
Facility dedicated for the relief of care of the destitute or sick, especially those with mental illness.
[L. fr. G. asylon, a sanctuary, fr. a- priv. + sylē, right of seizure]

asylum

A once compassionate but now pejorative term for a psychiatric hospital or an institution for the care of the elderly and infirm.
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"This rule will decrease forum shopping by economic migrants and those who seek to exploit our asylum system to obtain entry to the United States," stated US Attorney General William Barr in a statement.
US law allows refugees to request asylum when they arrive in the US regardless of how they did so, but there is an exception for those who have come through a country considered to be 'safe'.
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The number of repeated asylum applications in April was 254.
Wickremeratne said that the Government is working with the UN system to deal with the remaining asylum seekers.
Asylum seekers are permitted to access the labour market one month after the submission of an asylum application, according to the Refugee Law and Ministerial Decision 308/2018 issued at the end of October 2018, though the employment sectors accessible to asylum seekers are limited.
"A credible fear referral doesn't equal asylum status, but it does earn a free ticket into the U.S., allowing individuals to disappear into the interior to live and work illegally," says Jessica Collins, a spokeswoman for the U.S.
The MAC responded by saying that the Tsai Ing-wen administration has a policy of not deporting Chinese asylum seekers back to China, irrespective of the outcome of their asylum application, reported RFA.
"With the chipping away of the asylum law, it's an uphill battle to try to get an approval."
By contrast Austria took in one asylum seeker for every 361 of its population.
The UK accepted one asylum seeker for every 4,823 of its population last year