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Migration from Central America

Use this guide to learn more about the Central American migrants seeking asylum in the United States

What is asylum?

Many migrants from Central America are seeking asylum in the United States. According to the encyclopedia Immigration and Migration in Context , "Asylum is a feature of international law that assists individuals whose liberty or safety is under unjust threat in their homeland. In cases in which an individual's country of citizenship cannot or will not protect him or her from such threats, asylum allows the person to seek refuge in another, safer country."

Click here to read the overview article on asylum

Detention of asylum seekers

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