Georgia residents who are interested in immigration matters may wonder about refugee status and the process for individuals to obtain such status. According to immigration law, a refugee is defined as an individual who is located outside of the country and whose humanitarian condition is of concern to the U.S. A prospective refugee must also be able to demonstrate a fear of persecution or the actual occurrence of persecution for reasons related to political opinion, social status, race, nationality or religion.
The people from Central America who have recently come to the United States have been labeled as both immigrants and refugees. What is the difference between and immigrant and a refugee, and why does it matter which label a person receives? The difference between the two labels could be the difference between a person having legal status within the country and being forced to wait until being able to legally enter the country. How does a Georgia resident tell the difference between the two?