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Table 16. Individuals Granted Asylum Affirmatively or Defensively: Fiscal Years 1990 to 2017

The 2017 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 16. Individuals Granted Asylum Affirmatively Or Defensively: Fiscal Years 1990 To 2017
YearTotalAffirmativeDefensive
201726,56816,04510,523
201620,34011,5828,758
201526,01117,8188,193
201423,36914,6988,671
201324,99615,2299,767
201227,94817,37310,575
201123,56913,43110,138
201019,77111,2528,519
200922,30312,00310,300
200823,02212,13010,892
200725,31812,45912,859
200626,35213,04813,304
200525,30413,54711,757
200427,37614,35413,022
200328,74315,36713,376
200236,93725,96010,977
200139,14829,14710,001
200032,51423,2789,236
199926,57118,1508,421
199820,50713,2167,291
199722,93916,3806,559
199623,53218,6244,908
199520,70317,5733,130
199413,82811,7752,053
19939,5437,5092,034
19926,3074,1232,184
19915,0352,9082,127
19908,4725,6722,800

Source: U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Department of Justice.

Last Updated: 10/27/2021
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