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Refugees and Asylees

A refugee is a person outside his or her country of nationality who is unable or unwilling to return to his or her country of nationality because of persecution or a well-founded fear of persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion. An asylee is a person who meets the definition of refugee and is already present in the United States or is seeking admission at a port of entry. Refugees are required to apply for Lawful Permanent Resident (“green card”) status one year after being admitted, and asylees may apply for green card status one year after their grant of asylum.

The Office of Immigration Statistics (OIS) annual flow reports on refugees and asylees contain information obtained from the Worldwide Refugee Admissions Processing System (WRAPS) of the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration of the U.S. Department of State on the numbers and demographic profiles of persons admitted to the United States as refugees, and those applying for and granted asylum status during a given fiscal year. Below are the annual flow reports on Refugees and Asylees.

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Attachment Ext. Size Date
Refugees and Asylees: 2020 PDF 381.9 KB 03/17/2022
Refugees and Asylees 2020 Data Tables ZIP 88.3 KB 03/17/2022
Refugees and Asylees: 2019 PDF 885.68 KB
Refugees and Asylees 2019 Data Tables ZIP 86.14 KB 10/27/2020
Refugees and Asylees: 2018 PDF 1.42 MB
Refugees and Asylees 2018 Data Tables ZIP 88.09 KB 12/31/2019
Refugees and Asylees: 2017 PDF 1.06 MB
Refugees and Asylees 2017 Data Tables ZIP 90.1 KB
Refugees and Asylees: 2016 PDF 12.95 MB
Refugees and Asylees 2016 Data Tables ZIP 86.47 KB
Refugees and Asylees: 2015 PDF 219.9 KB
Refugees and Asylees 2015 Data Tables ZIP 106.6 KB
Refugees and Asylees: 2014 PDF 230.37 KB
Refugees and Asylees 2014 Data Tables ZIP 59.51 KB
Refugees and Asylees: 2013 PDF 383.5 KB
Refugees and Asylees 2013 Data Tables ZIP 57.9 KB
Refugees and Asylees: 2012 PDF 766.07 KB
Refugees and Asylees 2012 Data Tables ZIP 62.26 KB
Refugees and Asylees: 2011 PDF 445 KB
Refugees and Asylees 2011 Data Tables ZIP 52.71 KB
Refugees and Asylees: 2010 PDF 425.13 KB
Refugees and Asylees 2010 Data Tables ZIP 87.31 KB
Refugees and Asylees: 2009 PDF 661.6 KB
Refugees and Asylees 2009 Data Tables ZIP 36.92 KB
Refugees and Asylees: 2008 PDF 549.59 KB
Refugees and Asylees 2008 Data Tables ZIP 64.2 KB
Refugees and Asylees: 2007 PDF 356.72 KB
Refugees and Asylees 2007 Data Tables ZIP 34.18 KB
Refugees and Asylees: 2006 PDF 657.92 KB
Refugees and Asylees 2006 Data Tables ZIP 33.17 KB
Refugees and Asylees: 2005 PDF 160.96 KB
Refugees and Asylees 2005 Data Tables ZIP 30.96 KB
Refugees and Asylees: 2004 PDF 200.17 KB
Refugees and Asylees 2004 Data Tables ZIP 139.36 KB
Annual Report: Refugees, FY 1997 (INS) PDF 52.26 KB
Annual Report: Asylees, FY 1997 (INS) PDF 66.16 KB
Last Updated: 03/17/2022
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