A new avenue may have opened up for Chinese immigrants seeking asylum in the United States based on claims of persecution by the Chinese government. The 2nd Circuit has told the U.S. Board of Immigration Appeals to examine whether China has a law punishing its citizens who aid refugees escaping from neighboring North Korea. The circuit has asked whether actions taken against those who assist North Korean refugees constitute punishment for expression of political opinion.
Chinese Nationals' Aid to North Korean Refugees Raises Asylum Issue
New York Law Journal
September 24, 2010