I have a dataset that looks at asylum rates for asylum-seekers (refugee status). The data is broken down by country of origin and the host state (where they apply for asylum. I have been reading up thoroughly on the types of missing data (e.g. MAR, MCAR, etc), but I'm terribly confused as it applies to my own data for a couple of reasons.
First, after I calculate the rates, some of the rates are missing because they neither received asylum, nor were rejected. In other words, they did not received a decision and are thus pending. Therefore, there are no rates.
Second, some of the data are missing because it is probably that no one from that country applied for asylum in the host state in year t.
Would these be cases of missing not at random?. Most of the missing data examples seem to revolve around surveys, and I understand it when I read it. I am just having a hard time applying it to my own scenario.
Edited: the unit of analysis is dyad-year (host state and origin state in year T). The independent variables look at domestic explanations from the host state. So, for example, do far-Right parties in power affect asylum-rates? Do do differences in the major religion of the host state and the state of origin (where asylum-seekers originate) affect asylum-rates? I also tried to pool as much as I could with the DV in order to have sufficient amount of observations to lag the dependent variable. I originally wanted to use a GEE model, but read that it gives an unbiased explanation if the missing data are MCAR.