In Canada

This section provides you with all the information you need about refugees in Canada – whether you are seeking asylum in Canada, wish to find out how UNHCR helps refugees find lasting solutions to rebuild their lives, or learn more about the contributions of refugees to Canadian society.

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If you are making a refugee claim, you will find helpful resources to help you understand the Canadian asylum system – from learning more about how to make a refugee claim to finding out what happens when you claim asylum at the border. 

Canada has a strong tradition of welcoming refugees. Over one million refugees have arrived in Canada since 1980, most with few, if any, financial resources. They often had to learn a new language and adapt to a new culture. Despite these challenges, the results show that refugees do not simply benefit from the safety Canada gives them. In fact, they embrace the opportunity that Canada provides and become important contributors to the country’s economy and cultural diversity. Find out the latest data about refugees in Canada. 

Canada is a world leader in finding lasting and durable solutions for refugees, including through the resettlement of refugees – ranking first among 26 countries. In 2019, Canada provided 30,082 refugees with the chance to build a new life for themselves and their families. Canada is also at the forefront of exploring the potential of other immigration pathways to provide an additional and complementary avenue for refugees to access international protection. Such efforts are invaluable at a time when at least 80 million people around the world have been forced to flee their homes as a result of conflict or persecution. Learn more with the latest statistics on global displacement. 

We have also compiled a list of useful publications on key issues related to UNHCR in Canada.   

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