The average number of new asylee cases approved for Massachusetts residents over the last three fiscal years is 456 per year. Between FY00 and FY02, an average of 225 asylum cases of Massachusetts residents were granted by the Immigration and Naturalization Service* Asylum Office, representing an average of 311 individuals. 1 During the same time period, on average, an additional 260 asylum cases were granted by the Boston Immigration Court (about 231 of which are Massachusetts residents). 2 Of the asylum cases filed by Massachusetts residents with the Asylum Office, only about 35% are approved annually (the national average is 36%). Approximately 38% of the asylum cases decided by the Boston Immigration Court are granted.

Currently, eligible asylees enter the MRRP service system in a variety of ways, including:

  • contacting the CLINIC hotline through the reference on the asylum grant letter from the Asylum Office, which should result in a referral to one or more voluntary agencies (volags) in the asylee's geographic area. (Please note that Immigration Court judges will not provide this information in their orders);
  • having a private legal service provider or immigration attorney contact MORI seeking a referral on their behalf;
  • seeing a notice regarding availability of refugee services for asylees while in a detention center, awaiting an Immigration Court order;
  • being assisted in their asylum case by a volag link attorney, and entering refugee services at the volag link where they obtained assistance (or an affiliate in this state, if they migrate from the state where asylum was granted 4);
  • being referred by friends/community/word of mouth to a volag, mutual assistance association (MAA), or in some cases to MORI for a referral;
  • being referred to a volag, an MAA or to MORI by a mainstream social services provider, e.g. DTA;
  • being referred to a volag by an MAA;
  • seeing Office for Refugees and Immigrants in the government listings section of the phone book, and calling us (or walking in) to see if we can help them;
  • responding to outreach information distributed by DPH, volags, MAAs and other refugee service providers

Most clients either self-refer through the CLINIC hotline or are referred through some combination of legal/social services and word of mouth.

4 For example, many Cuban/Haitian asylees coming to Massachusetts from Florida are referred to CCB by the Catholic Charities affiliate in Miami, where most of these asylees are processed.

This information is provided by the Office for Refugees and Immigrants.