Affirmative grants of asylum nationwide, by federal fiscal year and by country of origin

Asylees are new arrivals who get permission to stay in the United States because it would not be safe to go home. There is no accurate count of asylees or asylum seekers in Maine, but here is the number of people nationwide who were granted affirmative asylum by year and country of origin. Affirmative means the applicant came forward to ask for asylum, while defensive means the applicant is seeking asylum in defense of a deportation action.


Top 10 countries of origin for grants of asylum nationwide in 2015:

Note: includes affirmative and defensive asylees. Mouse over each bubble to view detailed figures for each nation.

The asylee: He fled the Congo after being tortured and threatened with death
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