1. place of refuge or shelter
1. An animal-loving industrialist has established an asylum for bears that have been rescued from circuses and bear-trainers.
2. When they arrived at the Paris airport, they declared to an immigration official that they were refugees and were seeking asylum in France.
asylon (place of refuge) (Greek)
asylum sounds like slum. people living in slums need place for shelter, refuge, or protection during rainy season from rain.