asylee

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noun asy·lee \ ə-ˌsī-ˈlē \

Definition of asylee

plural asylees
law
:someone who is seeking asylum (see asylum 3b) or who has been granted asylum
  • Asylum status may be terminated for the same grounds or if there are changed circumstances in the asylee's country which eliminates the need for asylum.
  • Federal Register Part V2 June 1980
  • White House aide Jack Watson, according to The Wall Street Journal, refers to Cubans seeking asylum in the United States as “asylees.”
  • —William Safire, New York Times Magazine, 15 June 1980
  • … told me that one of the questions the authorities ask to determine whether or not someone qualifies for asylee status is “Are you afraid to return to your own country?”
  • —G. Willow WilsonThe Butterfly Mosque2010

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