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January 23, 2020

Over 400 Middle East citizens granted US asylum in 2019
By Bernd Debusmann Jr

More than 400 citizens of countries in the Middle East and North Africa were granted asylum in the United States in the 2019 fiscal year, according to data compiled by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University. According to the data, Iraq had the greatest number of citizens granted asylum, with 113 people approved out of a total of 174 decisions made in the US immigration court system. Of the total, 58 people were denied and three others were granted “other relief”. Iraq was followed by Syria, from where 150 individuals were granted asylum status out of a total of 164 decisions. Syria, in turn, was followed by Sudan (38 people granted asylum status), Jordan and Lebanon (29 each), Yemen (20), Libya (15), Saudi Arabia (10), the UAE (8), Algeria and Palestine (5 each), Qatar (4) and Kuwait (3). In total, 432 MENA nationals were successfully granted asylum out of a total of 631 court decisions.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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