She asked for political asylum.
She was granted asylum after it was made clear that she would be killed if she returned to her native country.
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Rwanda received an initial £140 million ($174 million) last year to receive migrants who made the 4,000-mile trip — although none have been sent yet.—Patrick Smith, NBC News, 15 Nov. 2023 The policy provided the inspiration for the U.K. plan to send asylum seekers to Rwanda.—Rachel Pannett, Washington Post, 6 Nov. 2023 With division and fear in the air, far-right voices have seized the moment to play up the possibility of mass displacement from the Middle East and argue that Europe needs to tighten its borders ahead of a potential spike in asylum seekers.—Emily Rauhala, Washington Post, 2 Nov. 2023 In Brussels, the European Union’s capital, an international soccer match was halted after a Tunisian asylum seeker shot two Swedish fans on their way to the game.—Dominic Green, WSJ, 31 Oct. 2023 Mery and other asylum seekers are constantly gathering information from fellow migrants about possible destinations, including those where free shelter can be had, and New York often comes up.—Jay Root, New York Times, 29 Oct. 2023 Her four-part series on a Mexican family’s harrowing experience fleeing cartel violence and seeking asylum in the United States, reported with support from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, earned a citation from the Overseas Press Club.—Los Angeles Times, 17 Oct. 2023 As part of the change in policy, the city is also expected to open a new shelter site at Floyd Bennett Field in the coming weeks designed to serve about 500 families with children who are seeking asylum.—Gloria Pazmino, CNN, 16 Oct. 2023 The asylum system, by intent and design, does not gel with this approach at all.—Felipe De La Hoz, The New Republic, 11 Oct. 2023 See More
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Middle English, from Latin, from Greek asylon, neuter of asylos inviolable, from a- + sylon right of seizure