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November 22, 2021

Report: Asylum grant rate increases under Biden administration
By Tanvi Varma

According to researchers at Syracuse University, a higher percentage of asylum seekers have received asylum status since President Biden has taken office. According to Austin Kocher, a research assistant professor at Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University, the asylum grant rate has increased from 29% to 37%. Kocher says that could be because more people have access to attorneys under President Biden. The pandemic also played a role in the number of cases that were actually heard. "In March 2020, we were seeing roughly between 8,000 and 10,000 cases decided a month," Kocher said. "Once the pandemic hit, that number fell very quickly to well under 2,000 cases a month."

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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