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Being an 'asylum seeker' designates a specific legal status of a transitional person who is seeking asylum in a host country.
In the global context, the term designates a person who seeks safety from persecution or serious harm in a country other than their own and awaits a decision on the application for refugee status under relevant international and national instruments.
In the EU context, the term designates a person who has made an application for protection under the Geneva Convention in respect of which a final decision has not yet been taken.
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