An unauthorized arrival is a person who has arrived in a country of which he or she is not a citizen and does not have a valid visa or does not satisfy other required conditions for entry to that country.
A person may be described as an unauthorised arrival when they have crossed a national border with the intention of applying for refugee status, in which case they may be described as an asylum seeker. If a person enters a country without authorisation intending to live and work in that country, they may be described as an illegal immigrant.
Under the United Nations Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, a person has the right to cross national borders if they are seeking asylum from political repression or various other forms of persecution.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights declares:
- "Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country."
- The Universal Declaration of Human Rights Article 13, Section 2
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