In the 2019 fiscal year, only around 30,000 people were granted asylum in the United States, according to numbers by the U.S. Department of State. The number, which corresponds to the year's refugee limit, is almost historically low. The last time the U.S. received so few refugees was in 2002 and 2003, shortly after the passing of the Patriot Act. The number of refugees the U.S. is accepting has been further slashed to 18,000 for FY2020, which will be the lowest number on record with the Department of State.
Refugees from Asia have historically been the largest group of people being granted asylum in the U.S. Almost 45 percent of grantees since 1975 came from that continent (excluding South Asia), with the biggest influxes from Vietnam around 1980, Hmong and Laotians up to around 1992 and from Myanmar and Bhutan around 2008.