GastricallyStretched t1_iw9klt8 wrote

>He could have claimed asylum in any one of them.

He could have but he chose not to. You can't force anyone to apply for asylum, and there's no obligation to seek asylum in the "first safe country". The UN Refugee Convention makes no such requirement.

> Let's not paint them as asylum seekers.

He applied for asylum, and so he is by definition an asylum seeker until a decision is made about his application.