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Table 17. Individuals Granted Asylum Affirmatively By Region And Country Of Nationality: Fiscal Years 2014 To 2016

The 2016 Yearbook of Immigration Statistics is a compendium of tables that provide data on foreign nationals who are granted lawful permanent residence (i.e., immigrants who receive a “green card”), admitted as temporary nonimmigrants, granted asylum or refugee status, or are naturalized. The Yearbook also presents data on immigration enforcement actions, including apprehensions and arrests, removals, and returns.

Table 17. Individuals Granted Asylum Affirmatively By Region Of Nationality: Fiscal Years 2014 To 2016
Region of Nationality 2014 2015 2016
   Total 14,624 17,787 11,729
Africa 4,335 3,755 2,067
Asia 7,433 6,589 4,407
Europe 574 724 482
North America 1,597 5,767 4,218
Oceania 21 4 7
South America 629 901 520
Unknown 35 47 28

 

Table 17. Individuals Granted Asylum Affirmatively By Country Of Nationality: Fiscal Years 2014 To 2016
Country of Nationality 2014 2015 2016
   Total 14,624 17,787 11,729
Afghanistan 105 156 81
Albania 32 22 7
Algeria 8 6 4
Angola 8 35 7
Armenia 88 46 12
Azerbaijan 15 16 14
Bahrain 3 D -
Bangladesh 137 131 44
Belarus 48 72 17
Bhutan D 4 -
Bolivia D 4 4
Bosnia and Herzegovina 3 6 D
Brazil 24 30 18
Bulgaria 18 12 4
Burkina Faso 64 42 29
Burma 34 43 7
Burundi 70 74 47
Cambodia 9 - -
Cameroon 114 101 36
Central African Republic 15 14 4
Chad 10 9 6
China, People's Republic 3,914 2,580 1,382
Colombia 245 242 76
Congo, Democratic Republic 46 66 34
Congo, Republic 55 61 28
Cote d'Ivoire 27 39 17
Cuba 11 6 4
Djibouti 13 46 39
Dominican Republic 3 7 3
Ecuador 15 137 82
Egypt 2,580 1,513 690
El Salvador 183 1,860 1,404
Eritrea 151 244 255
Ethiopia 510 616 304
Fiji 20 4 7
Gambia 55 80 61
Georgia 17 22 27
Ghana 7 5 12
Guatemala 311 1,700 1,317
Guinea 23 60 25
Guyana 10 3 -
Haiti 473 346 100
Honduras 89 1,099 885
India 113 174 174
Indonesia 26 13 13
Iran 572 639 381
Iraq 533 697 611
Israel 4 D 10
Jamaica 33 41 25
Jordan 46 48 44
Kazakhstan 60 71 45
Kenya 62 54 32
Kosovo 32 51 16
Kuwait 6 14 7
Kyrgyzstan 96 100 68
Laos 5 D D
Lebanon 21 23 29
Liberia 32 37 19
Libya 19 47 40
Macedonia 11 4 D
Madagascar D - -
Malaysia 8 3 3
Mali 38 68 39
Mauritania 44 50 30
Mexico 469 662 455
Moldova 55 67 67
Mongolia 30 41 29
Morocco 4 9 6
Nepal 256 361 236
Nicaragua 11 32 20
Niger 5 3 12
Nigeria 51 98 71
Pakistan 269 264 268
Peru 11 18 9
Philippines 4 4 9
Romania 10 D 8
Russia 218 305 209
Rwanda 55 67 56
Saudi Arabia 33 39 47
Senegal 11 9 9
Serbia and Montenegro (former) 28 16 7
Sierra Leone 29 13 7
Somalia 31 13 10
Sri Lanka 30 30 21
Sudan 58 103 49
Syria 849 865 660
Tajikistan 20 17 20
Tanzania 10 3 3
Togo 22 24 12
Tunisia 6 8 10
Turkey 5 17 11
Turkmenistan 5 10 7
Uganda 63 82 45
Ukraine 95 143 125
United Arab Emirates 10 15 14
Uzbekistan 58 63 71
Venezuela 318 466 328
Vietnam 12 12 8
Yemen 30 58 45
Zimbabwe 19 33 10
All other countries 1 71 70 43
Unknown 35 47 28

X Not applicable.

D Data withheld to limit disclosure.

- Represents zero.

1 Includes countries with less than 10 individuals granted asylum affirmatively per year.

Source: U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Last Published Date: January 8, 2018

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