In the 2018 financial year, which ended in September this year, the number of applicants for asylum in the United States has increased dramatically, in particular, this figure on the US-Mexican border has more than doubled. This is evidenced by the statistics released on Monday by the Agency for customs and border protection of the United States.
It is noted that in the 2018 financial year, more than 38.3 thousand people have applied for asylum in the United States at a checkpoint on the US-Mexican border, whereas in the 2017 financial year this figure amounted to 17.3 thousand. In addition, in 2018 the financial year of the order of 54.7 thousand people entered the United States illegally and then applied for asylum, and in the 2017 financial year, there were 38.3 thousand.
As reported on Monday, the newspaper USA Today, in 2008, the American authorities have only received about 5 thousand applications for asylum, and in 2018 this figure has dramatically increased to 97 thousand. The Majority of persons requesting asylum-the citizens of Central American countries.