Refugee Protection Claims (Legacy) Statistics

Please note that claims finalized in a given time period may have been referred in a previous time period. The following tables include all types of cases referred before December 15, 2012 (legacy). Also included are claims that have been returned by the Federal Court for re-determination, as well as other types of matters heard (such as applications to reopen). Not included in the tables are applications to vacate or to cease refugee protection.

Understanding RPD Claims Tables

  • Referred: Claims received by the IRB.
  • Finalized:
    • Accepted: The IRB has determined that the claimant is either a Convention refugee or a person in need of protection.
    • Rejected: The IRB has determined that the claimant is not a Convention refugee or a person in need of protection.
    • Abandoned: The IRB has declared that the claim has been abandoned because, for example, the completed Personal Information Form was not provided on time, the claimant’s current and correct contact information was not provided, or the claimant did not attend their refugee protection claim hearing or the special hearing on the abandonment of the claim (if required).
    • Withdrawn & Other: “Withdrawn” describes cases in which the claimant does not continue with their claim. The claimant can decide to withdraw their claim before the hearing upon written notice to the RPD. Once substantive evidence has been accepted at a hearing, the claimant must make an application to the RPD to be able to withdraw their claim. “Other” describes cases in which the proceeding is terminated upon notice from a CBSA officer because the claimant is not eligible to claim refugee protection (e.g., determined inadmissible to Canada on grounds of serious criminality or organized criminality) or other situations such as when the claimant has passed away.
    • Total: Total of all claims accepted, rejected, abandoned, withdrawn & other. Claims finalized in the time period indicated may have been referred in a previous time period.
  • Pending: All claims, referred before December 15, 2012, that have not been finalized.

January to June 2017 Claims by Region

  Referred Finalized Pending (as of 2017/06/30)
Accepted Rejected Abandoned Withdrawn & Other Total
National 0 57 24 1 97 179 5,385
Eastern 0 4 7 0 11 22 538
Central 0 34 9 1 83 127 4,744
Western 0 19 8 0 3 30 103

Claims by Country of Alleged Persecution – January to June 2017

2016 Claims by Region

  Referred Finalized Pending (as of 2016/12/31)
Accepted Rejected Abandoned Withdrawn & Other Total
National 0 269 156 8 238 671 5,573
Eastern 0 144 129 7 49 329 555
Central 0 100 14 1 184 299 4,885
Western 0 25 13 0 5 43 133

Claims by Country of Alleged Persecution – 2016

2015 Claims by Region

  Referred Finalized Pending (as of 2015/12/31)
Accepted Rejected Abandoned Withdrawn & Other Total
National 0 940 1,223 171 407 2,741 6,257
Eastern 0 465 495 56 152 1,168 889
Central 0 314 558 105 215 1,192 5,189
Western 0 161 170 10 40 381 179

Claims by Country of Alleged Persecution – 2015

2014 Claims by Region

  Referred Finalized Pending (as of 2014/12/31)
Accepted Rejected Abandoned Withdrawn & Other Total
National 0 2,722 3,820 594 979 8,115 9,042
Eastern 0 993 1,471 116 244 2,824 2,083
Central 0 1,390 1,865 430 629 4,314 6,394
Western 0 339 484 48 106 977 565

Claims by Country of Alleged Persecution – 2014

2013 Claims by Region

  Referred Finalized Pending (as of 2013/12/31)
Accepted Rejected Abandoned Withdrawn & Other Total
National 0 4,751 7,921 634 1,739 15,045 17,294
Eastern 0 1,350 2,587 170 492 4,599 4,994
Central 0 2,786 4,460 388 1,111 8,745 10,740
Western 0 615 874 76 136 1,701 1,560

Claims by Country of Alleged Persecution – 2013