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asylum seeker

noun [C] uk   us  
someone who leaves their own country, often for political reasons or because of war, and who travels to another country hoping that the government will protect them and allowthem to live there: genuine/bogus asylum seekers A record number of asylum seekers arrived in the UK last month.
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