Data By Topic People & Society Immigration Immigration & Immigration Enforcement

Asylum claims granted

A person seeks asylum when they are unable or unwilling to return to their home country due to persecution or a well-founded fear of persecution due to their race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion. Asylum-seekers apply either at a US port of entry or from within the US, whereas refugees apply from outside the US.

Affirmative asylum-seekers are yet to begin the deportation process in the courts and would present their case in a non-courtroom setting, while defensive asylum seekers present their case in front of an immigration judge. A denial of the affirmative application instantly begins the defensive asylum process.