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Notable Asylees & Refugees

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asylee (n.) A non-citizen of a country who has been granted asylum in that country.
refugee (n.) A person seeking refuge in a foreign country due to persecution, disaster, or other factors beyond their control.

This project is for gathering notable asylees and refugees and for determining future trees that need to be built on Geni.

The following lists are incomplete. Please add information below when adding profiles.


  • The 14th Dalai Lama, received asylum in India in 1959 following the Chinese invasion of Tibet
  • Julian Assange, granted asylum by Ecuador in 2012 in response to Wikileaks disclosures
  • Bobby Fischer, granted asylum by Iceland following U.S. tax evasion charges
  • Karl Marx, exiled to the United Kingdom from Germany in 1849
  • Edward Snowden, granted asylum by Russia after leaking U.S. national security documents
  • Anastasio Somoza Debayle, exiled in Paraguay following overthrow in Nicaragua
  • Leon Trotsky, granted asylum by Turkey, France, Norway, and Mexico at various times
  • Malala Yousafzai, granted asylum with her family by the United Kingdom in 2013


  • Madeleine Albright, fled Czechoslovakia for England during World War II
  • Marc Chagall, narrowly escaped Vichy France for the United States in 1941
  • Albert Einstein, fled Germany for the United States due to the 1933 Nuremberg laws
  • Peter Carl Fabergé, fled the Russian Revolution in 1918, settling in Germany and then Switzerland
  • Wyclef Jean, fled Haiti's Duvalier regime for New York City in 1982
  • Mila Kunis, received refugee status in the U.S. in 1991 and left the Ukrainian SSR
  • Freddie Mercury, fled during the 1964 Zanzibar Revolution and resettled in the United Kingdom
  • M.I.A., fled to India and then the United Kingdom when her father was targeted in the Sri Lankan Civil War
  • Piet Mondrian, fled the prospect of war in 1938, first to the United Kingdom and then the United States
  • Rita Ora, escaped ethnic cleansing in Kosovo by getting on last flight out of Pristina
  • Camille Pissarro, fled the Franco-Prussian War in 1870 and settled in the United Kingdom
  • Charles Saatchi, left Iraq for the United Kingdom as a child in 1947
  • Maurice Saatchi, left Iraq for the United Kingdom as an infant in 1947
  • George Soros, fled from Hungary to England due to the Holocaust
  • Sitting Bull, sought refuge in Canada in 1877 due to U.S. wars against his people