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Refugee or asylum status is sometimes granted to those who have either been persecuted, or fear that they will be persecuted based on a number of a different factors. Those factors are race, nationality, religion, or membership in a certain social group.
Refugee status is conferred on those who are of special humanitarian concern to the United States. This typically applies to people who are outside of their country, and fear returning back home because they will likely face serious harm. People can only seek refugee status if they are not currently in the United States.
Asylum status is for those people who meet the definition of a refugee in that they have reasonable fear of harm if they return to their home country, but are already in the United States or are seeking admission to the U.S. at a port of entry.
Immigrants from some Central American countries may have benefits and relief due to them under the Nicaraguan Adjustment and Central American Relief Act, or NACARA. This was enacted for the benefit of some Nicaraguans, Cubans, Salvadorans, Guatemalans, and nationals of some former Soviet countries along with their dependents who sought asylum in the United States.
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