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An asylum applicant bears the burden of proving that under the Immigration and Nationality Act
An asylum applicant bears the burden of proving that under the Immigration and Nationality Act (“INA”), they are a “refugee”: a person who is unable/unwilling to return to their country of origin because of past persecution, or a well-founded fear of future persecution, on account of protected grounds. As a result, asylum applications must include comprehensive country information that helps to establish why an applicant should not be returned to their country of origin. Country condition information must be as up to date as possible, so please use these indices as a starting point only and please ensure that you update the country condition information as necessary before submitting it with the asylum application.