New York, 29 November. According to a report released Tuesday by Syracuse University (New York State), special immigration courts approved 46% of the requested asylum cases in fiscal year 2022, the highest percentage for any year in the history of these courts.
The 46% asylum granted as of last October contrasts with the 36% asylum granted in fiscal year 2021, according to the latest court records, the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), that university’s research organization, said today.
In total, these special courts granted asylum status to the same number of persons in fiscal year (January-October) 2022 at 23,686, up from 8,945 cases in 2021, making the annual figure for 2022 the highest ever recorded by these courts. has been done.
Their research further indicates that immigration judges not only granted more asylum applications than ever before, but a number of initiatives by the Joe Biden administration led to many cases moving faster through the system.
However, it also states that the concession rates have come down till July this year (FY 22-23) and asserts that this coincides with an “extremely rapid” increase in expedited cases. He points out that when asylum claims cases were closed within a period of 3 to 18 months, the rates dropped to 31%.
Concessions were only 18% for those not represented by a lawyer, while they are two and a half times higher for those who have legal aid.
The highest award rates were 89% for applicants from Eritrea and 88% for those from Russia and Cameroon. Brazil was at the bottom end of the list, as only 16% of its applicants were granted asylum, while Haitians also had a relatively low rate, although in this case their acceptance rates were expected to increase between 2021 (12%) and 2022 (24%). The middle had doubled.
It also states that only 15% of those detained in immigration centers were granted asylum, but by the time they are released, the asylum granting rate rises to 54%.
The report also shows that in 76% of cases, asylum officers from US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) granted asylum in a new hearing with immigration judges.