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Table 17. Individuals Granted Asylum Affirmatively by Region and Country of Nationality: Fiscal Years 2017 to 2019

The 2019 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 2017 to 2019
Region of Nationality 2017 2018 2019
   Total 15,639 24,382 27,643
Africa 2,752 4,357 5,431
Asia 5,694 7,830 9,441
Europe 655 1,551 1,862
North America 5,808 4,292 3,905
Oceania 5 3 3
South America 683 6,268 6,886
Unknown 42 81 115

 

Table 17. Individuals Granted Asylum Affirmatively by Country of Nationality: Fiscal Years 2017 to 2019
Country of Nationality 2017 2018 2019
   Total 15,639 24,382 27,643
Afghanistan 88 78 82
Albania 18 45 48
Algeria 6 18 31
Angola 14 36 27
Armenia 32 107 126
Azerbaijan 17 71 100
Bahrain D D D
Bangladesh 109 152 71
Belarus 40 136 178
Benin 10 3 3
Bolivia D 5 8
Bosnia and Herzegovina D 9 11
Brazil 29 110 185
Bulgaria 5 6 12
Burkina Faso 64 115 74
Burma 17 73 132
Burundi 35 42 44
Cambodia D 10 10
Cameroon 68 179 267
Central African Republic 10 19 17
Chad 7 30 7
China, People's Republic 2,822 3,747 4,027
Colombia 72 324 278
Congo, Democratic Republic 51 76 84
Congo, Republic 51 91 92
Cote d'Ivoire 27 41 28
Cuba D D 10
Djibouti 16 22 35
Dominican Republic D 5 15
Ecuador 64 61 36
Egypt 1,014 1,402 2,156
El Salvador 2,112 1,148 897
Eritrea 348 335 255
Ethiopia 291 411 313
Fiji 5 3 3
Gambia 83 63 52
Georgia 26 46 57
Ghana 5 10 8
Guatemala 1,998 1,307 1,047
Guinea 52 66 59
Guyana 4 13 21
Haiti 55 162 191
Honduras 1,085 817 532
India 214 350 338
Indonesia 33 54 85
Iran 314 302 342
Iraq 470 399 379
Israel 15 18 6
Jamaica 38 92 89
Jordan 51 114 101
Kazakhstan 41 108 245
Kenya 70 90 127
Kosovo 29 22 27
Kuwait 9 14 8
Kyrgyzstan 98 92 92
Laos 3 10 D
Lebanon 27 38 30
Liberia 33 41 107
Libya 19 106 65
Madagascar - - -
Malaysia 3 10 7
Mali 22 39 17
Mauritania 28 74 75
Mexico 477 717 791
Moldova 51 100 69
Mongolia 35 56 73
Montenegro D 6 15
Morocco 5 9 17
Nepal 147 91 36
Nicaragua 30 32 319
Niger 6 21 4
Nigeria 123 461 785
North Macedonia (formerly Macedonia) 4 12 19
Pakistan 246 462 388
Peru 26 26 30
Philippines 7 23 11
Romania 10 15 16
Russia 288 765 1,109
Rwanda 70 85 135
Saudi Arabia 48 68 82
Senegal 14 22 15
Serbia - - 26
Serbia and Montenegro (former) 11 45 17
Sierra Leone 16 36 19
Somalia 12 9 20
South Africa - 8 15
South Sudan D 5 18
Soviet Union (former) - - 25
Sri Lanka 28 40 43
Sudan 65 97 124
Syria 635 546 513
Tajikistan 8 19 13
Tanzania 5 8 6
Togo 13 29 41
Tunisia D 12 4
Turkey 15 475 1,739
Turkmenistan 17 26 54
Uganda 57 165 179
Ukraine 189 370 283
Uzbekistan 48 121 84
Venezuela 482 5726 6320
Vietnam 14 34 36
Yemen 48 56 109
Zimbabwe 27 60 77
All other countries1 42 74 76
Unknown 42 81 115

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 Published Date: October 28, 2020

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