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

Examples of safe third country agreement in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The accord with Canada is the only safe third country agreement the U.S. is currently enforcing. Camilo Montoya-Galvez, CBS News, 23 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1993, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of safe third country agreement was in 1993

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“Safe third country agreement.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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