U.S. immigration - individuals granted asylum 1990-2018

This statistic shows the number of individuals granted asylum in the U.S. from 1990 to 2018. In 2018. about 13,248 people were granted asylum defensively.
There are two ways in which to file for asylum, affirmatively or defensively. People who apply affirmatively are those who come to the U.S. either legally or illegally but have not been put into removal proceedings. They apply with the Asylum Office. If arrested and put into removal proceedings, however, an individual can apply defensively, that is with an immigration judge.

Number of individuals granted asylum in the U.S. affirmatively or defensively from 1990 to 2018

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Release date

January 2020

Region

United States

Survey time period

fiscal years 1990 to 2018

Supplementary notes

Asylees are persons who sought residence in the United States in order to avoid persecution in their country of origin. Persons granted asylum applied either at a port of entry or at some point after their entry into the United States.
There are two ways in which to file for asylum, affirmatively or defensively. People who apply affirmatively are those who come to the U.S. either legally or illegally but have not been put into removal proceedings. They apply with the Asylum Office. If arrested and put into removal proceedings, however, an individual can apply defensively, that is with the Immigration Judge.

The fiscal year is the accounting period for the federal government which begins on October 1 and ends on September 30. The fiscal year is designated by the calendar year in which it ends.

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