What’s the Difference Between a Refugee, an Asylum Seeker and an Immigrant?

Two girls in white and red shirts stand amidst foliage, looking somber.

In the past several years, the number of people moving away from their homes has exploded. War, violence, political instability and poverty are pushing people to search for better places. But the terminology can be confusing. What’s the definition of a refugee? How is that different from an internally displaced person, a stateless person or an asylum seeker?

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A New Identity

New Identity Sombat Warawut

In the Chaing Rai Province, 17-year-old Sombat is one of thousands of youth in our programs in Thailand that lacked legal citizenship. Knowing the challenges and limited opportunities these children and their families have because of lack of legal identity, Compassion Thailand set out to do something about it.

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