Definition of safe haven in US English:

safe haven


  • 1A place of refuge or security.

    • ‘More immediately, if we fail to act, no one can predict how far interest rates will rise or whether or when foreign investors will lose confidence in U.S. securities as a safe haven.’
    • ‘While police and magistrates take punitive action to try to stop physical assaults, and refuges provide a safe haven for women and children trying to escape violence, curing such violence is not easy.’
    • ‘Even so, a number of brokers see the company as a safe haven in difficult world markets and continue to tip the shares which yield around 4.5%.’
    • ‘I want to live in a country that is perceived around the world as a safe haven, as a soft touch, if you like.’
    • ‘Whilst the latter remains true for the moment, Americans will now have to live with the notion that their country is no longer a safe haven from the world's problems and it cannot sit back in comfortable certainty.’
    • ‘The US administration has also accused the Horn of Africa country of being a safe haven for extremist groups.’
    • ‘Diplomats said the stakes were high because were the explosion to have been a suicide attack, it would shatter government claims that Tunisia was a rare safe haven amid the regional turmoil.’
    • ‘The heather provides safe havens for ground nesting birds like curlew, lapwing, merlin, golden plover and the black grouse and the Moorland Association wants walkers to help keep the moors special.’
    • ‘Federal government securities are widely viewed as a safe haven in times of crisis.’
    • ‘The Alliance was a soft (or, depending on your point of view) sensible centre, a safe haven between extremes of monetarism and unilateral disarmament.’
    • ‘You see, they got it right and kept the place as a safe haven for decent folk who like a beer or a bite without crazed yobs screaming obscenities in their ears.’
    • ‘Some will picture a desperate refugee fleeing fear and persecution for the safe haven of a new country.’
    • ‘For Miriam, VR is an exciting alternative to the real world, a safe haven with limitless potential, beyond age, beyond race, beyond gender.’
    • ‘Dubai has in the past been a safe haven for international investments sheltering from trouble in the region.’
    • ‘They can't be certain they've got a safe haven or sanctuary at any particular place.’
    • ‘The quiet sterile environs offer a safe haven for those looking for a cinematic adventure in the inner-city without the grit that downtown provides.’
    • ‘But others say that Peru is a safe haven among Latin American countries, like Colombia, Argentina and Venezuela, which face more serious violence and economic woes.’
    • ‘Still, I can't grumble as I've found a safe haven in this city and it's only a fifteen minute walk from Queens Street.’
    • ‘When hostilities began, people piled out of shares and invested in bonds on the grounds that government-backed securities offered a safe haven.’
    • ‘As enraged leaders around the world have said, there can never be a safe haven, a place of refuge, anywhere on the planet for those who show no regard for the sanctity of human life.’
    refuge, retreat, shelter, sanctuary, asylum, place of safety, place of security, port in a storm, harbour, oasis, sanctum
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    1. 1.1 Temporary refuge given to a persecuted person or group.
      ‘refugees poured in and found safe haven’
      • ‘This appalling tragedy not only highlights the desperation of those seeking safe haven in Britain, but also the official persecution of the majority of those fortunate enough to make it.’
      • ‘The government's measures are directed at deterring refugees from seeking safe haven in Australia by treating them as harshly as possible.’
      • ‘Current law bars people who have safe haven in a third country from seeking refugee status in the U.S.’
      • ‘American media is afraid of the situation in London, where a lot of the Russian oligarchs are getting safe haven now and having their reputations laundered.’
      • ‘Now, all of the applicants have been granted class 448 temporary safe haven visas.’
      • ‘Lilley also tells-all regarding how the US embassy gave safe haven to Chinese dissident Fang Lizhi and his wife, Li Shuxian.’
      • ‘He shows that, far from being in an orderly waiting list, those seeking safe haven in Australia confront impossible situations, terrible delays and obvious discrimination.’


safe haven

/seɪf ˈheɪvən/