By Aaron Humes: By order of the Refugee Act, persons seeking asylum have only 14 days to register with the Refugees Department.
But as a result of a recent court case, according to Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Immigration, Ramon Cervantes, Jr., the matter has entered “a grey area.”
“The court basically debunked that time limit…[registration of refugees] still goes on. We have a Refugee Department that deals with refugee matters,” he stated.
It is therefore still incumbent on the refugee to get in touch as soon as possible with the refugee section of the Immigration Department to get registered and start the process.
Director of the Refugee Department Maria Marin reminded that the difference between a refugee and a migrant (although the first is a subset of the other) is that a refugee is forced to leave home because of persecution and fear for their lives, while a migrant move for opportunity in economics, education, or other purposes.