Thursday, June 7, 2012
Atotal of 56,384 persons were admitted to the United States as refugees during 2011 . . . . The lead-ing countries of nationality for refugees were Burma, Bhutan, and Iraq. During 2011, 24,988 individuals were granted asylum, including 13,484 who were granted asylum affirmatively by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and 11,504 who were granted asylum defensively by the Department of Justice . . . . The leading countries of nationality for persons granted either affirmative or defensive asylum were China, Venezuela, and Ethiopia." (emphasis added) (footnotes omitted).