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While both asylum seekers and refugees flee their countries, they do so for different reasons. A refugee is displaced by war or violence due to political unrest. An asylum seeker is somebody who is being pursued by the law and seeks protection in another country.

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The two designations are quite different. Asylum seekers have applied for asylum under the Refugee Convention on the Status of Refugees because if they are returned to their country of origin, they have a true fear of persecution based on race, religion, nationality, political belief or group membership. Refugees, on the other hand, are asylum seekers whose application for asylum has been accepted. Refugee can also mean a person fleeing war and disaster, but not necessarily persecution.

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