The number of people living outside their country of origin is continuing to increase for many reasons. To understand what migration will look like in the future, we need to understand migration trends and how they have evolved over time.
A program for Ukrainian refugees called “Uniting for Ukraine” was launched last year. Depending on how fast Ukrainians are admitted under the program, it could be a major step up for refugee inflow into the U.S. in the fiscal year of 2022, as 2021 saw refugee admissions at an all-time low.
A recent analysis of U.S. State Department data reveals that family-sponsored visas, which can include spouses and unmarried children of permanent residents, brothers, sisters and older children of citizens), are making up approximately 40 percent of immigrant visas issued in the U.S. while work-related immigrant visas make up only approximately 5 percent.
In between 2007 and 2017, the total number of undocumented immigrants living in the United States shrank by 14 percent. However, they still made up 23 percent of the total foreign-born population in 2017. So where do these undocumented immigrants live in the U.S.?
According to data from Mexico’s Comisión Nacional de Búsqueda, the number of currently disappeared people in Mexico surpassed 100,000 in the latest update. Although these numbers are staggering, the migration route from Central America to the U.S. is far from the most dangerous when viewed from a global perspective.
I last wrote about parole and the difference between parole and bond. Today I am going to address what we are seeing at the law office in terms of parole and how the trend influences applying for asylum.
According the The Economist, the number of asylum-seekers from China has vastly increased since President Xi Jinping rose to power in 2012. Around 70 percent of those fleeing China file for asylum in the United States. Below is a visual graph compiled from data by the Department of Homeland Security which shows that 4,800 plus Chinese were granted asylum in the U.S. in 2020.
Here is a visual that charts the top destination and origin countries of international migrants in 2020. While the vast majority are migrating to the United States, Germany, Saudi Arabia, Russia and the United Kingdom are the top destination countries whereas India, Mexico, China and Syria are the top origin countries.
I last wrote about Biden’s deportation policy. On the other side of deportation is immigration parole. Immigration parole allows someone who is inadmissible or does not have a legal basis to come into the United States to be allowed to enter for either a humanitarian reason or a significant public benefit.
Let’s talk about deportation. The dark days of Trump’s immigration deportation policies are gone, at least temporarily. Under Trump, we had the Enhancing Public Safety In the Interior of the United States policy, which allowed ICE agents to go on raids throughout the country, targeting migrant communities, installing a state of fear and terror.