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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?

 Who is a refugee? ‘Refugee’ is used commonly to refer to people who are forced to leave their homes for many reasons, including conflict and violence. Sometimes it is used…

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Who are asylum seekers?

Refugees and asylum seekers The term ‘asylum seeker’ is often used interchangeably with ‘refugee’, but means something different under law. An asylum seeker is a person who has sought protection…

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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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