The big picture: The U.S. has passed Germany in asylum requests

The United States has surpassed Germany as the largest recipient of new asylum applications worldwide, according to a new report this week from the United Nations Refugee Agency.

Data: UNHCR, Forced Displacement in 2017 report; Chart: Harry Stevens/Axios

The big picture: This revelation comes as the polarizing immigration debate in the U.S. and Europe is getting more divisive. The European Union has been bitterly divided over the migration of refugees, while President Trump has said that the U.S. "will not be a refugee holding facility" under his administration.