In the year 2015, an estimated 83,000 affirmative asylum applications were filed (47 percent more than the previous year). This is the sixth consecutive annual increase and the highest level since 1996.
China remained the main country of origin for affirmative asylum applications in 2015, followed by Mexico. For the year 2016, however, Venezuela has become the main country of origin for affirmative asylum filings.
More individuals sought affirmative asylum from the Northern Triangle Countries (El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras) in the last three years than the prior 15 years combined. The number of children seeking asylum rose sharply to reach 26,600, the highest on record.
- China (24 percent)
- El Salvador (8.3 percent)
- Guatemala (8.0 percent)
Overall, grants of asylum increased by 12 percent in 2015, driven primarily by affirmative cases which increased 23 percent from 2014 to 2015.
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