Department of Homeland Security: Affirmative Asylum Application Statistics and Decisions Annual Report (Fiscal Year 2016 Report to Congress) [open pdf - 544KB]
"The purpose of this report is to provide the annual statistics on affirmative asylum applications and asylum officers' decisions on those applications. USCIS [U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services] has received an increasing number of affirmative asylum applications in recent years. In FY 2015, USCIS saw 48 percent more applications than in FY 2014, and the number of pending affirmative asylum applications grew by 77 percent. During the same period, USCIS increased Asylum Division staffing levels by 23 percent and opened three new offices. From FY 2014 to FY 2015, USCIS was able to complete 31 percent more applications. USCIS continues to address increased workload and a projected increase in receipts by expanding staffing and opening new offices. USCIS monitors trends in all caseloads and adjusts resource allocation and planning as necessary to meet program priorities."
U.S. Department of Homeland Security: http://www.dhs.gov/