Written by attorney Carl Michael Shusterman

Asylum Based on Membership in a Particular Social Group

You qualify for asylum in the US if you have been persecuted or have a “well-founded fear of persecution” in your country based on (1) political opinion , (2) religion, (3) race, (4) nationality, or (5) membership in a particular social group.

Are you eligible? If so, you must be able to demonstrate that you have a "well-founded fear of persecution" in your home country. The persecution you fear can be from the government of your country, or from a group that the government is unable or unwilling to control.

What is a particular social group? There are a broad range of characteristics that groups of people share and many are so fundamental to their individual identities that one cannot be expected to change them. Broadly, a particular social group is composed of people with similar backgrounds, social statuses, lineages, experiences, or habits.

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