The tag currently has 30 questions with a large overlap to questions. Can we merge the two tags?

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There's a slight difference between the two:

Asylum seeker

An asylum seeker is an individual who is seeking international protection. In countries with individualised procedures, an asylum seeker is someone whose claim has not yet been finally decided on by the country in which he or she has submitted it. Not every asylum seeker will ultimately be recognised as a refugee, but every refugee is initially an asylum seeker.


A refugee is a person who has fled their country of origin and is unable or unwilling to return because of a well-founded fear of being persecuted because of their race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion.

Just to add a little bit of detail to clarify the difference: an asylum seeker can also be a displaced person -- but not an economic migrant.

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    Sure, but that's a very technical distinction that's not understood by most users of the site. A lot of questions use both tags interchangeably. Therefore I propose merging the tags to avoid confusion. Commented Apr 10, 2019 at 18:31
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    @JonathanReez: The distinction isn't technical IMHO. Also, I presume you're the one who downvoted my answer. FYI I'm the only one who upvoted your question so far... Commented Apr 10, 2019 at 18:58
  • I downvoted it because I don't believe the distinction to be significant enough for the site to have two tags, that's all Commented Apr 10, 2019 at 19:01
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    @JonathanReez: Well, I upvoted your question because I believe you bring up an interesting point -- indeed they do get confused in popular discourse. I simply wanted to raise that, actually, there's a subtle but very real difference between the two. Side note: there is no displaced tag or equivalent. Commented Apr 10, 2019 at 19:18
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    @JonathanReez note that this distinction could be clarified in the tag excerpts.
    – JJJ Mod
    Commented Apr 12, 2019 at 18:42
  • Well an asylum seeker can be an economic migrant (as well). Not only asylum requests are denied in large proportion because of the latter reason, but even those which are granted don't exclude that an economic reason might exist; it just means that there are just more compelling reasons to grant the asylum request (e.g. genuine persecution). Commented Apr 15, 2019 at 15:09

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