Is there a difference between an international protection applicant and a refugee? 

  • Yes. An asylum seeker’ is a person who has made an application to be a refugee. An ‘international protection applicant’ is a different term but refers to the same situation. The Irish Refugee Council generally uses the phrase ‘person seeking protection’ or ‘international protection applicant’ when speaking to a wider audience that may not be familiar with these terms we use the phrase asylum seeker.