Definition: Asylum seeker

Category: Migration statistics

General term for someone who is claiming or applying for protection as a refugee and who has not yet received a final decision on his or her claim. It can also refer to someone who has not yet submitted an application for refugee status recognition (has not yet formalised the administrative requirements in national law) but may nevertheless be in need of international protection.
Eurostat, United Nations, "International Recommendations on Refugee Statistics (IRRS) - Expert Group on Refugee and Internally Displaced Persons Statistics", Luxembourg, March 2018