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There are many key terms that you need to understand refugee law and policy. This page explains what these terms mean.

Who is a refugee?

The definition under the Refugee Convention The Refugee Convention defines a refugee as: Any person who owing to a well founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion,…

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Who are asylum seekers?

Under international law, a person becomes a refugee at the time the person fits the definition of refugee. The term 'asylum seeker' is used to describe people who have applied…

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What is statelessness?

Stateless people are people who do not have a nationality. Sometimes, this is because they are not recognised as a citizen under the law of any country. Sometimes, a person…

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Complementary protection

This factsheet is provided by the Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law, a research centre based in Sydney. It was last updated on 25 July 2015.

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