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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

2015 Report on Asylees and Refugees Published

The Office of Immigration Statistics (OIS) has released its Annual Flow Report which presents information on persons admitted as refugees or granted asylum in the United States.

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.

In 2015, the three leading countries of nationality of persons granted either affirmative or defensive asylum were:
  • China (24 percent)
  • El Salvador (8.3 percent)
  • Guatemala (8.0 percent)
Nationals of these countries accounted for 40 percent of all persons granted asylum.


Overall, grants of asylum increased by 12 percent in 2015, driven primarily by affirmative cases which increased 23 percent from 2014 to 2015.

For more information: View the Complete Report

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