Asylum Denial Rates Rise to 57 Percent in FY 2016, Unrepresented Increase
(13 Dec 2016) Denials of asylum by immigration judges continued to rise last year. As of the end of September 2016, overall asylum denial rates for FY 2016 had risen to 57 percent. The number of asylum cases decided by immigration judges last year also increased nearly twenty percent to 22,186 cases, up from 18,581 cases decided in FY 2015.

An increasing number of asylum seekers are attempting to navigate the Immigration Court system without representation. Over the last ten years the unrepresented proportion of asylum cases decided had grown from 13 percent to 20 percent. Asylum is currently being denied in nine out of every ten of these cases. The odds of success were five times higher with an attorney.

Mexico had the largest increase (up 408%) in asylum seekers among those nationalities with large numbers of asylum seekers, while Haiti showed the largest drop (down 89 percent). Those from Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala had the highest denial rates.

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