Who Gets Asylum in the U.S.?

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Nearly 8,800 people were granted asylum by U.S. immigration courts last year. But more than 9,000 had their applications denied, according to the Executive Office for Immigration Review statistical yearbook. Another 7,000 withdrew their claim or abandoned it.

Much about U.S. immigration policy needs tinkering, but immigration courts—where judicial independence, rules of evidence and access to counsel look very different from other courts—might need particular attention. Support our investigation.

2014 Asylum Grants by Country of Origin
Source: USDOJ
China 3,976 45.31%
India 372 4.24%
Ethiopia 323 3.68%
Nepal 298 3.40%
Egypt 263 3.00%
Soviet Union 185 2.11%
El Salvador 184 2.10%
Guatemala 175 1.99%
Eritrea 165 1.88%
Honduras 151 1.72%
All Others 2,683 30.58%
Total 8,775 100%