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Migration and Home Affairs


The right of the State, in virtue of its territorial sovereignty and in the exercise of its discretion, to allow a non-national to enter and reside, and to resist the exercise of jurisdiction by any State over that individual.


UNHCR International Thesaurus of Refugee Terminology.


  • BG: право на убежище (от гледна точка на държавата, предоставяща закрила)
  • CS: právo azylu
  • DE: Recht, Asyl zu gewähren; Asylrecht (DE)
  • EL: δικαίωμα παροχής ασύλου
  • EN: right of asylum
  • ES: derecho de asilo
  • ET: õigus varjupaigale
  • FI: turvapaikkaoikeus
  • FR: droit d’asile
  • GA: ceart tearmainn
  • HU: menedékjog
  • IT: diritto di asilo
  • LT: prieglobsčio suteikimo teisė
  • LV: patvēruma tiesības
  • MT: Dritt mogħti għall-ażil
  • NL: asielrecht / recht van asiel
  • PL: prawo do udzielenia azylu
  • PT: direito ao asilo
  • RO: dreptul la azil
  • SK: právo udeliť azyl
  • SL: azilna pravica
  • SV: asylrätt
  • NO: rett til å gi beskyttelse / asyl (b); rett til å gje vern / asyl (n)
  • KA: თავშესაფრით უზრუნველყოფის უფლება
  • UK: право притулку


  • right to grant asylum

Broader Term(s)

Related Term(s)


1. In some States there are narrower or broader criteria than that laid down in the Geneva Refugee Convention and Protocol)
2. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) uses a generic term, in two senses:
- the right to grant asylum (a State may grant asylum in its territory to any person at its own discretion) and
- the right to be granted asylum either vis-à-vis the State in whose territory asylum is requested, or vis‑à-vis the pursuing State.