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Table 16. Individuals Granted Asylum Affirmatively or Defensively: Fiscal Years 1990 to 2018

The 2018 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 2018
Year Total Affirmative Defensive
2018 38,687 25,439 13,248
2017 26,509 15,846 10,663
2016 20,362 11,634 8,728
2015 26,015 17,847 8,168
2014 23,371 14,735 8,636
2013 25,014 15,247 9,767
2012 27,951 17,376 10,575
2011 23,572 13,434 10,138
2010 19,772 11,253 8,519
2009 22,314 12,014 10,300
2008 23,026 12,134 10,892
2007 25,334 12,475 12,859
2006 26,398 13,094 13,304
2005 25,349 13,592 11,757
2004 27,426 14,404 13,022
2003 28,791 15,415 13,376
2002 36,977 26,000 10,977
2001 39,179 29,178 10,001
2000 32,542 23,306 9,236
1999 26,578 18,157 8,421
1998 20,520 13,229 7,291
1997 22,933 16,374 6,559
1996 23,525 18,617 4,908
1995 20,697 17,567 3,130
1994 13,826 11,773 2,053
1993 9,540 7,506 2,034
1992 6,307 4,123 2,184
1991 5,035 2,908 2,127
1990 8,472 5,672 2,800

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

Last Updated: 11/22/2023
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