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What’s Driving the Rising Number of Asylum Applications?

Asylum applications have historically been low in the United States. In 2018, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) received and reviewed more than 100,000 credible fear complaints. Since the year 2000 when the country's borders opened, asylum seekers have gradually climbed. This rise is not unexpected given the growing number of unaccompanied young people trying to enter the U.S.

Parents attempting to safeguard their children are driving the enormous exodus of Central American minors. These nations are among the world's most dangerous and U.S. asylum laws protect victims of gang and indiscriminate violence.

Additional variables are contributing to the U.S.'s soaring number of asylum applications.

Immigration Policy

While the government has proposed improvements, many immigrants and their families still confront challenges and enter the U.S. illegally. Legal guidance is essential for a successful asylum case.

Furthering this point, according to Syracuse University's Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) research, only approximately 1.5% of women and children who passed the credible fear interview in the U.S. were granted asylum without legal assistance. The rise in rejections is directly related to more persons seeking asylum without the aid of a legal team.


Many asylum seekers have shared that they would remain in their home countries despite the rise in violence, but their focus is getting children out of danger. With continued unrest across the world, the threshold and requirements for seeking asylum are constantly changing.

Considering Applying for Asylum?

As previously shared, filing an application for asylum on your own could prove to be difficult. The team at Magilligan Law is here for you and ready to help should you or a loved one be considering seeking asylum. Our experienced immigration attorneys are ready to help — reach out by calling (954) 883-9122 or complete an application online.