Number of individuals granted asylum (affirmatively or defensively) in the U.S. in 2016, by country of nationality

Individuals granted asylum in the U.S. in 2016, by country of nationality This graph shows the number of individuals granted asylum (affirmatively or defensively) in the U.S. in 2016, by country of nationality. In 2016, about 4,485 individuals from China were granted asylum in the U.S. The total number of asylees amounted to 20,455.
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Number of persons
China, People's Republic4,485
El Salvador2,157
Guatemala1,949
Honduras1,505
Mexico919
Egypt839
Syria735
Iraq637
Nepal501
Ethiopia485
India483
Iran439
Eritrea407
Venezuela355
Pakistan338
Russia287
Ukraine172
Somalia153
Number of persons
China, People's Republic4,485
El Salvador2,157
Guatemala1,949
Honduras1,505
Mexico919
Egypt839
Syria735
Iraq637
Nepal501
Ethiopia485
India483
Iran439
Eritrea407
Venezuela355
Pakistan338
Russia287
Ukraine172
Somalia153
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This graph shows the number of individuals granted asylum (affirmatively or defensively) in the U.S. in 2016, by country of nationality. In 2016, about 4,485 individuals from China were granted asylum in the U.S. The total number of asylees amounted to 20,455.
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Release date
January 2018
Region
United States
Survey time period
Fiscal year 2016
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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