A person is a refugee if
- he/she has a well-founded fear of being persecuted because of his/her race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group, or political opinion; if he/she is outside of his/her country of nationality; and, if due to such fear, he/she is unable or unwilling to avail himself of the protection of his/her country; or
- he/she is from a country where external aggression, occupation, foreign domination or events seriously disturbing public order exists in that country and he/she is compelled to leave it to seek refuge in another place outside of that country.
For details on Belize Refugee Laws see the Belize Refugees Act Chapter 165 Rev. Ed. 2011.
Who can Apply
A person may apply for refugee status if he/she is within Belize and wishes to remain within Belize as a refugee in terms of the Belize Refugees Act Chapter 165 of the Substantive Laws of Belize, Revised Edition 2011.
Where to Apply
If you wish to apply for refugee status you must be in Belize.
A person wishing to apply for refugee status must be in Belize and may present him/herself:
- directly to the Refugees Department in Belmopan
- to an immigration officer at any entry point or other location in Belize, who shall refer you to the Refugees Department
- to a police officer at a check point or other location in Belize, who shall refer you to the Refugees Department
Mountain View Blvd.
Tel: + (501) 822-3212
How to Apply
A person wishing to apply for refugee status must do so in person at the Refugees Department.
Documents that may be presented
A person wishing to apply for refugee status may present the following the Refugees Department (if available):
- Identification (passport, nationality identification card, other photo identification)
- birth certificate
- evidence to support his/her claim for refugees status