Phrase used to describe a country that accepts asylum seekers with a minimum of difficulty, without quotas or other restrictive policies that limit numbers or types/nationalities of asylum seekers accepted.

In practical terms, a first asylum country is the first stop for those leaving their native land. Canada is a first asylum country, and takes in many Asian refugees. The United States is not a first asylum country, and often people wishing to immigrate must first settle in a first-asylum country for a time before they can be accepted into America.

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