Student or Learner
I found these meaning for the two words. So I am wondering if the difference is about how the person enters the foreign country?
1. Refugee :A person who flees to a foreign country or power to escape danger or persecution.
2. An asylum seeker: a person who applie to live in a forein country because they are trying to escape political or religious persecution.
Also, refugees leave in large number for a common purpose e.g. the Vietnamese refugees(boat people) in the mid 70's left their country to escape the Communist government or the Bosnian refugees who escaped from the Serbs in the 90's. Asylum seekers are individual cases e.g. former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin who sought asylum in England from persecution by government in power.
Last edited by tedtmc; 07-Apr-2010 at 11:40.
In the UK at least, an asylum seeker is someone whose application for asylum is still under consideration. If that application is successful, they then become a recognised refugee.
As a more general term, though, refugee would mean someone who has had to flee their own country for any of a multitude of reasons, rather than having chosen to emigrate.