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Table 19. Individuals Granted Asylum Defensively 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 19. Individuals Granted Asylum Defensively by Region of Nationality: Fiscal Years 2017 to 2019
Region of Nationality 2017 2018 2019
   Total 10,560 13,185 18,865
Africa 1,535 1,600 2,311
Asia 4,251 5,652 7,664
Europe 537 722 955
North America 3,998 4,861 7,121
Oceania D D 6
South America D D 770
Unknown 19 12 38

 

Table 19. Individuals Granted Asylum Defensively by Country of Nationality: Fiscal Years 2017 to 2019
Country of Nationality 2017 2018 2019
   Total 10,560 13,185 18,865
Afghanistan 28 28 31
Albania 118 180 122
Angola 11 19 29
Armenia 36 58 106
Azerbaijan 14 21 21
Bangladesh 120 287 366
Belarus 25 38 37
Benin D - D
Bolivia D D 11
Brazil 10 21 38
Bulgaria D 4 10
Burkina Faso 78 63 81
Burma 10 15 26
Burundi 20 22 47
Cameroon 219 312 657
Central African Republic 7 11 D
Chad 10 7 17
China, People's Republic 2,728 3,047 3,451
Colombia 38 39 46
Congo, Democratic Republic 32 50 56
Congo, Republic 24 40 30
Cote d'Ivoire 19 23 30
Cuba 62 161 710
Djibouti 11 6 10
Dominican Republic 6 8 6
Ecuador 77 119 119
Egypt 140 164 145
El Salvador 1,341 1,771 2,315
Eritrea 238 271 320
Ethiopia 155 121 181
Fiji D D 6
Gambia 32 32 24
Georgia 11 8 34
Ghana 74 36 48
Guatemala 950 1,015 1,544
Guinea 79 85 87
Haiti 91 49 77
Honduras 955 1,181 1,287
India 457 951 1,921
Indonesia 11 17 27
Iran 51 53 107
Iraq 45 74 105
Israel D D 4
Jamaica 8 10 15
Jordan D 7 29
Kazakhstan 30 25 27
Kenya 14 22 28
Kosovo 32 31 43
Kyrgyzstan 37 64 80
Lebanon 4 8 28
Liberia 8 12 15
Libya 5 D 14
Mali 31 32 26
Mauritania 20 13 26
Mexico 551 627 802
Moldova 30 38 76
Mongolia 5 15 34
Nepal 290 469 603
Nicaragua 27 35 354
Nigeria 70 53 193
Pakistan 93 135 181
Peru 19 26 46
Philippines D 11 7
Romania 38 44 39
Russia 59 118 299
Rwanda 22 39 28
Saudi Arabia 10 9 10
Senegal 23 12 14
Serbia and Montenegro (former) 27 18 13
Sierra Leone 10 21 21
Somalia 90 41 32
South Africa D D 5
Soviet Union (former) 116 106 152
Sri Lanka 41 56 70
Sudan 25 25 37
Syria 145 157 135
Tajikistan 6 15 14
Togo 13 11 13
Turkey 13 26 60
Turkmenistan 4 8 12
Uganda 19 28 59
Ukraine 68 106 142
Uzbekistan 32 45 88
Venezuela 68 123 501
Vietnam D 6 36
Yemen 4 21 19
Zimbabwe 13 8 12
All other countries1 69 81 97
Unknown2 19 12 38

D Data withheld to limit disclosure.
- Represents zero.
1 Includes countries with fewer than 10 individuals granted asylum defensively per year.
2 Includes admissions from Palestinian Territory.
Note: In this table, data are withheld for any cell with a count of 1, 2, or 3, and for any associated cell that could be used to reveal such a count through calculation.

Source: U.S. Department of Justice.

Last Published Date: October 28, 2020

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