381. Persecution for reasons of membership of a particular social group.

In deciding whether a person is a 'refugee'1 a group will be considered to form a 'particular social group'2 where, for example, members of that group share an innate characteristic, or a common background that cannot be changed, or share a characteristic or belief that is so fundamental to identity or conscience that a person should not be forced to renounce it, and that group has a distinct identity in the relevant country, because it is perceived as being different by the surrounding society3. Examples of such groups include women living in a society which discriminates against them on