This undated handout from the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Seoul released on November 27, 2018 shows a group of South Korean high-school students during a rally in support of an asylum bid by an Iranian teenager in Seoul.FOCUS by Jung Hawon
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When hundreds of Yemenis arrived in South Korea seeking asylum after fleeing their war-torn country, opponents decried their Muslim religion and none of their applications were approved. But an Iranian teenager who converted to Christianity has been granted refugee status.Immigration authorities in Seoul rejected Antonio's asylum bid, arguing that he was too young to have religious faith, a decision upheld in May by the Supreme Court.Many opponents of the Yemenis' applications cited their Muslim religion and nearly 70,000 people a record signed another presidential website petition urging the tightening of what are already some of the world's toughest refugee laws.Immigration authorities granted Antonio refugee status last month, two days after the Yemenis were turned down.
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