Number of individuals granted asylum (affirmatively) in the U.S. in 2016, by region of origin

Individuals granted asylum in the U.S. 2016, by region This graph shows the number of individuals granted asylum affirmatively in the U.S. in 2016, by region of origin. In 2016, 4,407 people from Asia were granted affirmative asylum. The total number of affirmative asylees amounted to 11,729. .
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Number of persons
Asia 4,407
North America 4,218
Africa 2,067
South America 520
Europe 482
Unknown 28
Oceania 7
Number of persons
Asia 4,407
North America 4,218
Africa 2,067
South America 520
Europe 482
Unknown 28
Oceania 7
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This graph shows the number of individuals granted asylum affirmatively in the U.S. in 2016, by region of origin. In 2016, 4,407 people from Asia were granted affirmative asylum. The total number of affirmative asylees amounted to 11,729. .
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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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