Refugee Status Law and Legal Definition

Refugee status means that a person has the protection of the government where s/he lives as an immigrant and can not be forced to return home until such time as it is deemed to be safe to go back. Refugee status is designed to assist people whose lives have been in danger in their own country.

Only after the recognition of the asylum seeker's protection needs, one is officially referred to as a refugee and enjoys refugee status. Refugee status confers on a refugee certain rights and obligations according to the legislation of the receiving country.