U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government

Government Website

Official websites use .gov
A .gov website belongs to an official government organization in the United States.

Safely connect using HTTPS

Secure .gov websites use HTTPS
A lock () or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .gov website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.

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 Nationality201720182019
   Total10,56013,18518,865
Africa1,5351,6002,311
Asia4,2515,6527,664
Europe537722955
North America3,9984,8617,121
OceaniaDD6
South AmericaDD770
Unknown191238

 

Table 19. Individuals Granted Asylum Defensively by Country of Nationality: Fiscal Years 2017 to 2019
Country of Nationality201720182019
   Total10,56013,18518,865
Afghanistan282831
Albania118180122
Angola111929
Armenia3658106
Azerbaijan142121
Bangladesh120287366
Belarus253837
BeninD-D
BoliviaDD11
Brazil102138
BulgariaD410
Burkina Faso786381
Burma101526
Burundi202247
Cameroon219312657
Central African Republic711D
Chad10717
China, People's Republic2,7283,0473,451
Colombia383946
Congo, Democratic Republic325056
Congo, Republic244030
Cote d'Ivoire192330
Cuba62161710
Djibouti11610
Dominican Republic686
Ecuador77119119
Egypt140164145
El Salvador1,3411,7712,315
Eritrea238271320
Ethiopia155121181
FijiDD6
Gambia323224
Georgia11834
Ghana743648
Guatemala9501,0151,544
Guinea798587
Haiti914977
Honduras9551,1811,287
India4579511,921
Indonesia111727
Iran5153107
Iraq4574105
IsraelDD4
Jamaica81015
JordanD729
Kazakhstan302527
Kenya142228
Kosovo323143
Kyrgyzstan376480
Lebanon4828
Liberia81215
Libya5D14
Mali313226
Mauritania201326
Mexico551627802
Moldova303876
Mongolia51534
Nepal290469603
Nicaragua2735354
Nigeria7053193
Pakistan93135181
Peru192646
PhilippinesD117
Romania384439
Russia59118299
Rwanda223928
Saudi Arabia10910
Senegal231214
Serbia and Montenegro (former)271813
Sierra Leone102121
Somalia904132
South AfricaDD5
Soviet Union (former)116106152
Sri Lanka415670
Sudan252537
Syria145157135
Tajikistan61514
Togo131113
Turkey132660
Turkmenistan4812
Uganda192859
Ukraine68106142
Uzbekistan324588
Venezuela68123501
VietnamD636
Yemen42119
Zimbabwe13812
All other countries1698197
Unknown2191238

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 Updated: 10/28/2020
Was this page helpful?
This page was not helpful because the content