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Jason Dzubow on Political Asylum

The American Citizens' Guide to Seeking Asylum Abroad

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This piece was originally published by [wherever] magazine, an out of place journal of travel literature, travel culture, and travel politics. I will periodically be blogging for the new magazine, which seems like a very cool publication (probably too cool for the likes of me, but for now, I'm still in).

I wrote this piece because I am contacted pretty regularly by U.S. citizens who are seeking asylum abroad, or who are thinking about it. Some of these asylum seekers are not so legitimate in my estimation--criminals who hope to avoid the consequences of their crimes. Others represent sad situations that involve people who have been frustrated by their inability to receive help from the government. Victims of domestic abuse are one example in this category. Also, there are those who are engaged in political activity (or what they consider political activity) that could result in criminal penalties here. Edward Snowden falls into this category. So do certain cannabis activists and others in favor of drug legalization (people who consider drug use a political act).

Some people need to flee the U.S.; others just need to leave already.

OK, without further ado, the original piece is here (where you can also check out some interesting articles and photos), and a slightly shortened version is below:

Let’s say you’ve decided to flee the United State of America. You’re not some high-profile asylum seeker like Edward Snowden, who can count on help from a rival government (Russia). Instead, you’re just an ordinary asylum seeker, who will have to demonstrate that you qualify for protection under international law. How would you go about it?

To qualify for asylum, you need to demonstrate that you are a “refugee” under international law. According to the 1951 UN Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, a “refugee” is “any person who, owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group, or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality, and is unable to or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country.” The first thing you need to do in order to qualify for asylum is to leave the United States.

While a Julian Assange might get away with living in a friendly embassy (Ecuador in his case), you’re probably no Julian Assange. Most people who ask for refuge inside an embassy will be summarily evicted. So don’t think you can simply waltz into the nearest consulate of your choice, tell them you need assistance, and that they will provide you with a bed and three squares. It just doesn’t work that way. So you’ll first need to get out of the U.S.

Assuming you make it safely to your new country, you will need to show that you were persecuted in the past or that you have a well-founded fear of future persecution. “Persecution” has been defined as “an extreme concept, marked by the infliction of suffering or harm… in a way regarded as offensive.” So for example, if you’re a cannabis activist who faces jail time for smoking pot, you likely would not qualify for asylum because this punishment is not severe enough to constitute “persecution.”

Even if you have been persecuted, that might not be enough to win your asylum case—the persecution has to be on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion. If you fear harm because you revealed government secrets, a la Edward Snowden, that might not be considered one of the protected grounds, and so you would be out of luck (though perhaps you could argue that your “whistleblowing” was a form of political activity and thus gain protection). Also, if you fear persecution from criminal gangs, or you face domestic violence, or you will be harmed because of your sexual orientation, you may or may not qualify for asylum—it depends on the law of the country where you are requesting protection. For this reason, you would be well served by doing some research about the country where you plan to seek protection before you make the trip.

So how do you actually make the claim for asylum once you reach your destination country? In many countries (including most countries you’d actually want to go to), there is a form to complete where you provide information about yourself and your claim. You also need to submit evidence—identity documents like your passport, and school and work records, evidence of harm such as medical records and police reports, letters from people attesting to your problems. Then you will be interviewed about your application. Small mistakes on the form or during the interview—a wrong date for example—might cause the adjudicator to conclude that you are not credible, and that your claim is false. Also, seeking asylum from a powerful and influential country like the U.S., a country that generally respects human rights, will be an uphill battle. And remember, there is a good chance you will be doing all of this in a language you don’t understand, possibly while the host government is detaining you as an illegal migrant. The case will take months if you are lucky and years if you are not. Some governments provide limited benefits such as housing and a small stipend for people with pending asylum cases; other governments require asylum seekers to fend for themselves.

Assuming you pass the interview and are granted asylum, what then? You might receive some assistance from the host country—housing, language instruction, job placement—or you might not. In some countries, you can petition to bring your immediate relatives (minor children and spouse) to join you. This will likely take many months, on top of the many months you already waited for the decision in your case. If you ever return to the U.S., you will quite possibly lose your asylum status and be deported from your new home. So there is a good chance you can’t ever come back, and you probably won’t see many of your relatives and friends again.

As you can see, asylum is often a difficult, frightening, and traumatic process. Good Luck (though you will need more than that!).

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    Is having your movements limited to particular states because of accusations and unofficial charges of terroristic threats;where because of a drug felony in another state from 16 years ago and have done your time and had your rights restored since than essentially have had your citizenship stripped away from you as all the states you can move too have laws that do that.After taking care of your needs are essentially slowly starving to death having lost 15 Lbs. in a month since unable to afford food and live without being stripped of your income.Scared of worse yet happening.Is this grounds for political asylum?If you could get back to me on that and what countries if any that would grant me asylum under these pretenses are powerful enough to protect me email me at ( asap thank you.
  2. targeted indiv's Avatar
    I'm being persecuted by our government I need help my life and my family life are at risk. The sad thing is I'm finding it hard for people to believe that our Great Country can persecute one of its own.Im part of a large group in the USA were we are being persecuted and subjected to serve mistreatment. The coin the phrase Targeted Individual usually we are compromised of individuals who are whistleblowers are citizens that are being subjected to military grade microwave weapons and other military wweapons usually called no touch torture using satellite signals and others signals to harass a citizen to insanity..this is a sad barbaric often misdiagnosed situation often the person is diagnosed with a mental defect because the harassers want to mimic certain disorders so the target individual is not believed and thought to be crazy and than locked up most likely in a institutions where the true hell usually will begin. sad to say that Doctors can turn their backs on thier oath when their country starts flips them.. This targeted individuals usually are used as mice or lab rats being tested on using anything from new chemical weapons to being inidated with Scalar waves or any other program that the government needs a human guinea pig for see other countries are testing on thier countries citizens usually without thier knowledge..Please watch Jesse Ventura Brain Invaders episode on conspiracy theory it's very accurate and depicts my situation. I'm constantly changing locations trying not to stay in same place more than two nights I have lived solely out of hotel for ten years amassing over 3000 stays I'm tired and can no longer continue this lifestyle I'm isolated and seems any and every friend can be compromised financially this is no life I've been cleared by forensics psychologist and psycritsist of any mental disorder expect PTSD from my dealings with the harassment . Please if you can provide any assistance it would be much appreciated
  3. MarchHare's Avatar
    I'm in the same boat, exactly, and would also appreciate knowing if there are ways - not excluding political asylum - for escaping from this wretched grip of a criminal ring taking over the world
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    Quote Originally Posted by Timothy74
    Is having your movements limited to particular states because of accusations and unofficial charges of terroristic threats;where because of a drug felony in another state from 16 years ago and have done your time and had your rights restored since than essentially have had your citizenship stripped away from you as all the states you can move too have laws that do that.After taking care of your needs are essentially slowly starving to death having lost 15 Lbs. in a month since unable to afford food and live without being stripped of your income.Scared of worse yet happening.Is this grounds for political asylum?If you could get back to me on that and what countries if any that would grant me asylum under these pretenses are powerful enough to protect me email me at ( asap thank you.
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  18. HenryBernardy's Avatar
    Hello my name is Henry Bernerdy from Canada,I am out here to spread this good news to the entire world on how i got my wife back and a job.I was going crazy when my wife left me for another man last 3month,But when i meet a friend that introduce me to DR.OKUTA the great messenger to the oracle that he serve,I narrated my problem to DR. OKUTA about how my wife left me and also how i needed to get a job in a very big company. He only said to me that i have come to the right place were i will be getting my heart desire without any side effect, and He told me what i needed to do, After the preparation of the spell was done successful,In the next 2 days My wife called me on the phone and was saying sorry for living me, before now and also in the next one week after my wife called me to be pleading me for forgiveness,I was called for interview in my desired company were i needed to work as the new managing director. now i have got a new job and my wife is back, I am so happy and over joyful today that i have to tell this to the entire world on how DR. OKUTA help me grant my heart desire, If you also need any kind of help contact DR.OKUTA at the following email address: or call +2340730182153 he will help you also......

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  19. bridgetlouis01's Avatar
    I'm Mrs Abigail Martin,From USA. I will start by saying to all that have experience heart break and also cant do with out there lover should please stop here and read up my story, So as you will know how to go solving or getting your ex back from this spell caster..AND AGAIN I WILL WANT TO ALSO TELL ALL THAT THIS SPELL CASTER I WILL WANT TO TELL THE WHOLE WORLD ABOUT IS HARMLESS AND DO NOT HAVE ANY SIDE EFFECT, BUT TO RESTORE AND GIVE YOU BACK WHAT YOU DESERVE, COS WHEN I MEET WITH THIS SPELL CASTER THAT WAS INTRODUCED TO ME BY THE WIFE OF MY BOSS IN MY WORKING PLACE, HE MADE IT CLEAR THAT HE CAN CAST SPELL ON SO MANY OTHER PROBLEMS EXCEPT IN GETTING YOUR EX OR MAKING YOUR LOVER TO LOVE YOU MORE THAT WILL SUITE YOU. Last 8mouths ago, My lover was cheating on me and was not also give me the attention that a man should give to a woman,And really that was troubling my mind and tearing my heart apart to the extent that i was not concentrating in the office the way i use to before the break up by my lover.And before that incident,I always see how my boss use to love his wife so much. I was bringing to think that i was not doing the right thing to him that will make him love me forever,So i really gathered my courage and went to my boss wife office to ask her the secret that made her husband love her so dearly,In the first place she refused in telling me,She asked me why i am asking her such a question,That if is it not normal for every man to love his wife.I told her the reason that made me ask her about this question,That my lover started cheating on me lately,When i knelt down before her for her to see my seriousness in this issue that i went to ask her,She opened up to me by telling me that i should not tell anybody about what she want to tell me,The wife to my boss started to say to me that she used a very powerful spell on his husband to love her,And the spell that she used is harmless, But the spell is just to make him love her and never to look for any other woman except her. I QUICKLY ASK HER HOW DID SHE GET TO KNOW THIS GREAT,POWER,DURABLE AND PERFECT WORK SPELL CASTER,she said that a friend of hers also introduce her to him. Then i also ask her how i can meet with this spell caster.SHE SAID EVERYTHING TO ME,THAT THE NAME OF THIS SPELL CASTER IS Dr.ABACHA.My next question to her was how can i get this wonderful spell caster,She said she is going to give me the website and the email of the spell caster for me to contact him for my problem,Really she gave to me this spell caster email:ABACHASOLUTIONTEMPLE367@GMAIL.COM and i contacted him and explained all to him,And after every thing that needed to be done by the spell caster, In the next five days, My lover that hated me so much came to house begging for forgiveness and i was so glad that i have finally gotten my heart desire..I was so grateful to this spell caster for what he has done for my life.. So i made a promise testify it to the whole world thank you once again.
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