A friend of mine obtained political asylum here in the USA about a year ago. Now due to family circumstances (death in the family) he wishes to visit his native country X, from which he's a refugee. Technically speaking, he doesn't have to go; but it concerns his close family, so there's a very strong sense for him to be there.
Can he travel to his country of origin without jeopardizing his refugee status? I mean, he sought asylum due to conditions that presented threat to his and his immediate family's life and well-being. He's afraid that traveling back, albeit for a short visit and for a family reason, may be viewed as contradicting his reasons for seeking asylum.