Asylum is the protection granted by a foreign state or government to someone who has left his home country due to some political unrest in his country which makes it unsafe for him to continuously reside in the home country.

It is also a form of political protection that allows a person to remain in a foreign country rather than be expelled, sent back to their home country, or deported to a country where they fear persecution or harm.

People who flee their countries because they fear persecution or prosecution by the government for taking a stand on reasonable or justifiable cause against the government may apply for asylum and be protected as refugees in a foreign nation.

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Seeking asylum, often referred to as seeking international protection, is the act of asking for protection in another man’s country. Those seeking asylum fear for their lives in their home country from being persecuted or killed and are forced to flee to seek refuge in a foreign country where they will be safe.

When someone applies for asylum, they will be granted refugee status in the foreign host country: a person who is granted asylum is called a political refugee or asylee.

Some countries in the world that are notable for granting refuge to asylum seekers include; United Kingdom, Germany, Finland, Canada, United States, Sweden, France, Switzerland, Norway, etc.

When asylum is granted, it means that the asylee or refugee claimant must be cared for (housed and fed) at the host country’s government expense (in most cases) until the asylee can properly integrate into the country. and you will have the opportunity to live and work legally in the host country and will eventually have the opportunity to apply for lawful permanent residence and citizenship if you so desire and if the laws of the host government allow it.

Many notable politicians in Nigeria have at some point in history applied to be political refugees in some countries of the world; For example, the late Biafra leader, the late Mazi Chukeuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu fled the country at the height of the Nigerian civil war and was granted asylum in the Ivory Coast, a neighboring West African country, too, a famous disc Nigerian jockey, Miss Obianuju Catherine Udeh, known professionally as DJ Switch, was rumored to have fled the country after the October 2020 life-threatening incident and is currently residing in a foreign country as a refugee. Nelson Mandela was also taken in as a refugee in Nigeria at the height of the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa.

The nations of the world are always eager to welcome North Korean citizens who may flee the country with open arms and grant them asylum due to the draconian laws that apply in North Korea. The same applies to women who may be fleeing Middle Eastern nations like Iran, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, etc. Due to harsh laws against the female gender, they are also granted asylum in most countries of the world.

When a person has been granted asylum in another sovereign nation, the asylee’s home nation no longer has the power to prosecute or prosecute that person unless they have been legally repatriated or deported by the host country.