Refugee Protection Claims (Legacy) by Country of Alleged Persecution - 2013

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

  • Claims finalized in a given time period may have been referred to the IRB in a previous time period.
  • The country of alleged persecution in the table below corresponds to the first listed country of alleged persecution as identified by the claimant when they made their claim to an officer from the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) or from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), and which was entered in the IRB case management system.
  • Only countries for which a claim was referred, finalized, or pending within this time period are displayed.
  • The table below reflects the data on countries contained within the IRB case management system and is used solely to support the refugee determination process. The fact that these countries are listed should not be construed as implying that the IRB recognizes these particular countries’ sovereignty or political status. Furthermore, country names may not accurately reflect the current geopolitical situation; rather, they reflect the information as it is currently captured in the IRB case management system.

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    • Withdrawn & Other: “Withdrawn” describes cases in which the claimant does not continue with their claim.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 Refugee Protection Division (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.
  • Country of Alleged Persecution: One of the following selections was entered into the IRB case management system by the officer from CBSA or IRCC when the claim was made and referred to the IRB:
    • Name of Country: The first listed country of alleged persecution as identified by the claimant.
    • Stateless: The officer identified the claimant as not being a citizen of any country.
    • Unknown: The officer selected “unknown.”
    • Blank: The officer did not identify any country of alleged persecution.

Legacy Claims by Country of Alleged Persecution - 2013

  Referred Finalized Pending (as of 2013/12/31)
Accepted Rejected Abandoned Withdrawn & Other Total
Total 0 4,751 7,921 634 1,739 15,045 17,294
Afghanistan 0 92 43 11 7 153 243
Albania 0 75 101 4 11 191 384
Algeria 0 34 97 3 17 151 132
Angola 0 1 0 0 0 1 16
Antigua and Barbuda 0 9 3 0 1 13 15
Argentina 0 1 7 0 5 13 6
Armenia 0 7 10 0 2 19 15
Australia 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
Austria 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
Azerbaijan 0 13 6 0 5 24 17
Bahamas 0 7 9 1 0 17 15
Bahrain 0 3 0 0 0 3 1
Bangladesh 0 28 51 1 10 90 148
Barbados 0 11 14 1 3 29 27
Belarus (Byelorussia) 0 7 5 0 3 15 7
Belgium 0 0 4 0 1 5 8
Belize 0 0 0 0 1 1 0
Benin 0 1 8 0 2 11 1
Bermuda 0 0 4 0 0 4 1
Bolivia 0 1 9 0 0 10 7
Bosnia and Herzegovina 0 0 32 6 1 39 18
Botswana 0 11 23 0 1 35 66
Brazil 0 12 19 11 10 52 20
Bulgaria 0 17 13 1 0 31 30
Burkina Faso 0 6 7 0 0 13 7
Burundi 0 40 41 0 4 85 77
Cambodia 0 6 12 1 3 22 45
Cameroon 0 33 32 0 3 68 86
Cape Verde 0 0 1 0 0 1 0
Central African Republic 0 3 1 0 0 4 1
Chad 0 5 3 0 0 8 13
Chile 0 2 15 1 2 20 13
China 0 302 600 69 147 1,118 2,034
Colombia 0 240 440 6 41 727 529
Comoros 0 1 0 0 0 1 2
Congo (Brazzaville) 0 8 17 0 0 25 21
Congo, Democratic Republic of the (Zaire) 0 114 108 12 10 244 209
Costa Rica 0 2 10 1 1 14 2
Croatia 0 34 238 2 72 346 814
Cuba 0 34 34 4 12 84 73
Cyprus 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Czech Republic 0 25 79 11 10 125 61
Djibouti 0 34 30 1 4 69 72
Dominica 0 0 0 0 2 2 5
Dominican Republic 0 4 25 4 10 43 50
Ecuador 0 2 13 0 5 20 21
Egypt 0 107 14 0 3 124 116
El Salvador 0 115 193 13 10 331 291
England 0 0 1 0 0 1 5
Equatorial Guinea 0 4 0 0 0 4 3
Eritrea 0 49 10 1 2 62 112
Estonia 0 0 4 0 9 13 0
Ethiopia 0 25 28 0 3 56 96
Fiji 0 3 9 1 3 16 4
Finland 0 0 2 0 1 3 3
France 0 1 10 1 5 17 13
Gabon 0 1 2 0 4 7 4
Gambia 0 10 3 0 0 13 19
Georgia 0 17 24 3 2 46 89
Germany 0 0 1 3 2 6 9
Ghana 0 9 21 0 3 33 55
Greece 0 4 16 3 13 36 67
Grenada 0 4 8 0 2 14 15
Guatemala 0 37 127 5 10 179 111
Guinea 0 19 36 0 3 58 86
Guinea-Bissau 0 0 1 0 1 2 0
Guyana 0 2 14 0 1 17 34
Haiti 0 120 205 6 13 344 206
Honduras 0 82 122 21 13 238 175
Hong Kong (SAR) 0 2 10 3 8 23 33
Hungary 0 391 1,083 42 427 1,943 1,753
India 0 65 232 32 52 381 906
Indonesia 0 10 11 0 0 21 19
Iran 0 135 41 4 8 188 211
Iraq 0 31 19 1 10 61 115
Ireland 0 0 1 0 0 1 10
Israel 0 11 83 8 50 152 131
Italy 0 0 13 0 8 21 20
Ivory Coast 0 25 20 2 6 53 39
Jamaica 0 51 79 7 15 152 164
Japan 0 1 9 1 2 13 13
Jordan 0 25 35 1 4 65 47
Kazakhstan 0 14 12 0 3 29 65
Kenya 0 12 11 0 1 24 44
Korea, Democratic People's Republic of (North) 0 12 37 22 88 159 663
Korea, Republic of (South) 0 4 32 7 11 54 40
Kosovo 0 26 31 1 1 59 61
Kuwait 0 4 4 0 0 8 8
Kyrgyzstan 0 4 3 0 0 7 6
Laos 0 2 1 0 0 3 0
Latvia 0 11 25 0 17 53 31
Lebanon 0 33 50 1 8 92 70
Liberia 0 3 4 1 0 8 3
Libya 0 16 36 0 0 52 49
Lithuania 0 3 13 7 7 30 38
Macedonia 0 1 17 0 3 21 11
Madagascar 0 0 0 0 0 0 11
Malawi 0 1 0 0 0 1 1
Malaysia 0 1 9 1 5 16 12
Mali 0 7 9 0 4 20 27
Mauritania 0 7 6 3 2 18 5
Mauritius 0 0 0 0 0 0 6
Mexico 0 166 647 50 73 936 412
Moldova 0 12 8 0 4 24 30
Mongolia 0 4 3 0 2 9 15
Montenegro 0 1 1 0 0 2 4
Morocco 0 17 23 4 2 46 28
Myanmar, Burma 0 4 0 0 1 5 6
Namibia 0 79 208 10 10 307 241
Nepal 0 9 11 0 2 22 39
Netherlands 0 0 9 0 4 13 10
Nevis 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Nicaragua 0 14 24 1 2 41 13
Niger 0 2 3 1 2 8 4
Nigeria 0 73 144 4 5 226 440
Norway 0 0 0 0 5 5 0
Oman 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Pakistan 0 423 191 7 25 646 530
Palestine 0 8 3 0 4 15 39
Panama 0 6 10 0 0 16 10
Papua New Guinea 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
Paraguay 0 0 3 0 0 3 0
Peru 0 21 56 0 15 92 84
Philippines 0 3 44 1 4 52 51
Poland 0 6 73 18 37 134 129
Portugal 0 0 7 1 2 10 25
Qatar 0 0 1 0 0 1 0
Romania 0 20 47 71 44 182 324
Russia 0 53 48 3 25 129 158
Rwanda 0 24 26 3 3 56 65
Saint Kitts and Nevis, Federation of 0 2 7 0 1 10 11
Saint Lucia 0 134 144 6 12 296 213
Saint Vincent 0 100 176 5 16 297 183
San Marino 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Saudi Arabia 0 15 1 0 0 16 17
Senegal 0 12 13 0 3 28 37
Serbia 0 6 16 7 0 29 27
Sierra Leone 0 1 4 1 0 6 7
Singapore 0 1 2 0 0 3 7
Slovakia 0 16 122 10 33 181 333
Slovakia (Slovak Republic) 0 0 9 1 2 12 9
Slovenia 0 0 1 0 1 2 10
Somalia 0 99 23 35 6 163 221
South Africa 0 0 20 0 2 22 11
Spain 0 0 35 1 3 39 22
Sri Lanka 0 193 230 4 17 444 754
Sudan 0 26 5 6 1 38 66
Swaziland 0 14 14 0 3 31 30
Sweden 0 0 3 0 10 13 1
Switzerland 0 0 4 0 0 4 0
Syria 0 165 25 0 8 198 202
Taiwan 0 1 1 2 1 5 7
Tajikistan 0 3 1 0 2 6 7
Tanzania 0 4 9 0 0 13 18
Thailand 0 0 9 1 1 11 4
Togo 0 4 4 0 1 9 14
Trinidad and Tobago 0 3 17 1 1 22 21
Tunisia 0 14 38 0 3 55 53
Turkey 0 136 123 1 15 275 256
Turkmenistan 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
Turks and Caicos Islands 0 0 5 0 0 5 21
Uganda 0 7 10 0 0 17 39
Ukraine 0 31 48 6 18 103 205
United Arab Emirates 0 1 1 0 0 2 3
United Kingdom 0 2 2 1 1 6 5
United States of America 0 2 143 10 30 185 176
Uruguay 0 0 11 0 8 19 7
Uzbekistan 0 8 11 1 0 20 23
Venezuela 0 34 50 3 9 96 82
Vietnam 0 1 6 1 0 8 17
Yemen 0 6 9 0 0 15 24
Zambia 0 0 1 0 0 1 5
Zimbabwe 0 19 17 0 0 36 32
Stateless 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Unknown 0 3 10 5 11 29 4