Grounds for asylum

A temporary asylum permit shall be granted to an asylum seeker in the following situations:

  • he or she qualifies as a refugee within the scope of the Refugee Convention;
  • he or she has reasonable grounds for believing that he or she faces a real risk of suffering serious harm if expelled;
  • he or she faces a death penalty or an execution;
  • he or she faces torture, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment; or
  • he or she faces serious and individual threats as a result of indiscriminate violence in the context of an international or internal armed conflict.

These grounds for admission are explained in more detail below.

Furthermore, certain members of the family of an asylum seeker who has obtained an asylum permit may, via family reunification be granted a derived asylum status.

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