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Table 17. Individuals Granted Asylum Affirmatively by Region and Country of Nationality: Fiscal Years 2015 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 17. Individuals Granted Asylum Affirmatively By Region Of Nationality: Fiscal Years 2015 To 2017
Region of Nationality201520162017
   Total17,81811,58216,045
Africa3,7882,0912,892
Asia6,5934,3345,814
Europe726477692
North America5,7594,1395,912
Oceania475
South America901506697
Unknown472833

 

Table 17. Individuals Granted Asylum Affirmatively By Country Of Nationality: Fiscal Years 2015 To 2017
Country of Nationality201520162017
   Total17,81811,58216,045
Afghanistan1587990
Albania22719
Algeria746
Angola36714
Armenia461234
Azerbaijan161419
BahrainD-D
Bangladesh13144108
Belarus721735
Bolivia44D
Brazil301730
Bulgaria1245
Burkina Faso422958
Burma451118
Burundi754739
Cameroon1064785
Central African Republic14411
Chad1078
China, People's Republic2,5791,3802,835
Colombia2437375
Congo, Democratic Republic693862
Congo, Republic623063
Cote d'Ivoire391635
Cuba64D
Djibouti463917
Dominican Republic73D
Ecuador1378267
Egypt1,5136791,021
El Salvador1,8591,3812,140
Eritrea245253349
Ethiopia616302292
Fiji475
Gambia806387
Georgia222727
Ghana5125
Guatemala1,6981,2872,028
Guinea612856
Guyana3-4
Haiti34710957
Honduras1,0988571,115
India177165223
Indonesia131333
Iran639376319
Iraq696587468
IsraelD1020
Jamaica412538
Jordan483852
Kazakhstan714547
Kenya573076
Kosovo511535
Kuwait14711
Kyrgyzstan9967101
LaosDD5
Lebanon232929
Liberia432943
Libya474024
Macedonia4D4
Madagascar---
Malaysia3DD
Mali693921
Mauritania523238
Mexico657449488
Moldova686755
Mongolia412935
Morocco965
Nepal359234153
Nicaragua321930
Niger41314
Nigeria9869130
Pakistan267267256
Peru18926
Philippines497
RomaniaD811
Russia305204290
Rwanda675473
Saudi Arabia394663
Senegal91023
Serbia and Montenegro (former)16818
Sierra Leone14616
Somalia161313
Sri Lanka302132
Sudan1034866
Syria864644626
Tajikistan17198
Tanzania3D5
Togo241616
Tunisia8103
Turkey171120
Turkmenistan10715
Uganda824665
Ukraine144125199
United Arab Emirates151318
Uzbekistan636952
Venezuela465318488
Vietnam12816
Yemen594151
Zimbabwe331431
All other countries 1804582
Unknown472833

D Data withheld to limit disclosure.
- Represents zero.
1 Includes countries with fewer than 10 individuals granted asylum affirmatively per year.
Source: U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Last Updated: 04/01/2019
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