Geneva convention (PDF, 50.87 Kb): agreement signed on 28 July 1951 on refugee status. It gives a definition of ‘refugee’ and describes the way in which a country is to grant refugee status to persons applying for it, as well as those persons’ rights and obligations.
Granting of subsidiary protection status: decision to grant subsidiary protection status to an asylum seeker. This decision can be taken by the CGRS or the Council for alien law litigation.
Guardian: legal representative of an unaccompanied minor. The guardian assists the minor during the entire asylum procedure: he/she asks for a lawyer, is present during the interviews, explains the procedure and the decisions taken, etc. The guardian’s responsibility ends when the minor is recognised as a refugee or comes of age.
Guardianship Service: service set up by the FPS Justice which is responsible for setting up a specific guardianship for unaccompanied minors. This service is in charge of the training and appointment of guardians who will take responsibility for unaccompanied minors. The Guardianship Service also verifies, via a medical test, whether asylum seekers who report to the Immigration Department as unaccompanied minors are really minors.