Wednesday, November 30, 2022

TRAC Immigration: "Speeding Up the Asylum Process Leads to Mixed Results"

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The latest report from TRAC Immigration: "Speeding Up the Asylum Process Leads to Mixed Results" provides a wealth of interesting data on asylum adjudications.  The bottom line: 

"Last year saw a substantial increase in the Immigration Court’s processing of asylum cases. The number of asylum cases decided on their merits rebounded from their prior year’s low, and the number of individuals granted asylum by Immigration Judges reached an all-time high. Grant rates also rose. . . . Total decisions more than doubled from 24,810 in FY 2021, to 51,607 during FY 2022. And the number of individuals granted asylum by Immigration Judges increased from 8,945 to 23,686. This was the largest number of individuals granted asylum in any year in the Immigration Court's history."

One finding will not surprise immigration law professors:  "Success rates were also more than two and a half times higher — 49 percent — in represented cases, than in the small number of unrepresented cases . . . . Only 18 percent won asylum when unrepresented." (bold added).

I found the asylum grants by nationality to be of particular interest:

"During FY 2022, the highest grant rates among these 21 countries were applicants from Eritrea where 89 percent were granted asylum, up from 83 percent during FY 2021. Asylum seekers from Russia and Cameroon were tied with the next highest asylum grant rates of 88 percent.

At the bottom end of the list was Brazil where only 16 percent were granted asylum. During FY 2021 the grant rate for Brazilians had been 12 percent." (bold added).

KJ

https://lawprofessors.typepad.com/immigration/2022/11/trac-immigration-speeding-up-the-asylum-process-leads-to-mixed-results.html

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