Asylum

The Attorney General has the authority to grant asylum to any applicant who qualifies as a refugee under 8 U.S.C. § 1101(a)(42)(A). 8 U.S.C. § 1158(b). The statute defines a refugee as “any person … who is unable or unwilling to return to, and is unable or unwilling to avail himself or herself of the protection of, that country because of persecution or a well-founded fear of persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion . . .”

Persecution

On Account of

Grounds of Persecution

Race

Religion

National

Political Opinion

Membership in a Social Group