The United Nations definition of refugees states that a person must have grounds to fear persecution on the basis of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political belief in order to be given asylum. For survivors of torture it is not only genuine fear of persecution, but persecution itself that forces the refugee to flee his or her country. The decision to flee one's country does not involve choice; refugees are forced to depart their countries through the experience of persecution. In no case is the decision to become a refugee is the refugee's own resolution, but, rather, it is a decision made by force of circumstance and under conditions of extreme duress.
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