safe third country agreement

noun

Definition of safe third country agreement

international law
: an agreement between governments stipulating that asylum seekers are required to make a claim for asylum in the country where they first arrive If Mexico signed a safe third country agreement, Central American migrants would no longer be able to cross the U.S.-Mexico border to surrender to U.S. authorities and stay in the country while they await asylum proceedings.— Rafael Bernal

First Known Use of safe third country agreement

1993, in the meaning defined above

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