Asylum by Country

Summary: Asylum by Country

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This database reports individuals granted asylum affirmatively and those granted asylum defensively by country of nationality by Fiscal Year (Oct. 1-Sept. 30). Affirmatively granted asylum occurs through a USCIS asylum officer.  In contrast, asylum may be granted defensively during removal proceedings before an immigration judge of the Executive Office for Immigration Review of the Department of Justice. (An individual may derive asylum status as the spouse or child of an asylee.) For additional information, see Obtaining Asylum in the United States.


Note that Serbia and Montenegro figures reflect Yugoslavia (unknown republic) prior to February 7, 2003.  DHS reports no data for Korea. 

Geographic Coverage: U.S.

Periodicity: Annually

Series Begins/Ends: 2003 - 2018

Data Source: Department of Homeland Security

New Database added:  Apr. 27, 2020 Estimated next update: May 01, 2021

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