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November 12, 2021

Asylum success rates are up — but fewer cases are making it to court
By Alisa Reznick

New data out this week from a Syracuse University research center Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, or TRAC, shows that under the Biden administration, the percentage of asylum seekers who are winning their cases is rising. In a report released this week, TRAC says the success rate for asylum cases rose from 29% in 2020 to 37% in 2021. But Austin Kocher, a TRAC researcher and assistant professor at Syracuse University, says that doesn’t mean more people are actually getting asylum. "Fewer people have actually received asylum in terms of total numbers in the past year, but the percent of people who are succeeding in their asylum cases in immigration court has actually increased," he said. Kocher says one reason for that increase could be that more asylum seekers have legal representation, up from 80% in 2020 to 89% in 2021.

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