Asylum for refugees is an issue frequently discussed in the news, both nationally and in Ohio. Child refugees in particular garner a great deal of attention, as many come from dangerous areas of the world that are under turmoil due to political upheaval, religious uprisings and illegal drug trafficking. While many argue that these children are innocent victims of circumstances outside of their control, seeking asylum for them is not an easy task.
The burden of proof in an asylum claim is high, states one immigration expert. It is insufficient to show that a persons’ home country is a dangerous place; applicants must establish that they have been specifically targeted due to their membership in a protected group. This expert notes that proving this level of persecution is not always easy, and makes it very difficult to determine at a single glance whether a person will be granted asylum in the United States.