Asylum Seekers

Following registration, UNHCR makes use of a qualified interpreter to conduct an interview with the asylum-seeker. The interview process leads to a reasoned decision on whether refugee status is to be granted or not, based on the definition of a refugee contained in the 1951 Refugee Convention and relevant UNHCR guidelines. An asylum-seeker who is initially rejected for refugee status is granted an opportunity to appeal that decision, and he or she will remain an asylum-seeker until the appeal process has been concluded.