What Is An Economic Immigrant?

If you've done any research about immigration, there's a good chance you've heard the term "economic immigrant." Like most of the immigration jargon out there, this might be confusing. Here's what you need to know.

What Is An Economic Immigrant?

Economic immigrants are people who leave their country of origin to move to another country where they are likely to have better work and financial prospects. They are typically skilled, and very often have educational credentials that they can use to the benefit of themselves and their new country.

Can I Claim Refugee Status?

Many people living in countries with high crime, low employment or excessive violence would like to know if they can claim refugee status and leave their troubled countries behind. However, that's not exactly how refugee status works, and unless you meet some very specific criteria, you might be out of luck.

What Is a Refugee?

A refugee, or more accurately, a Convention refugee is someone who is a) outside of his or her home country, and b) has a "well founded fear" that they will be persecuted on protected grounds.

Being a victim of crime, or even from a war torn country does NOT automatically make someone eligible for refugee status, unless they can prove to immigration authorities that they meed these criteria.