Refugee Protection Claims (Legacy) by Country of Alleged Persecution - 2015

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    • Withdrawn & Other: “Withdrawn” describes cases in which the claimant does not continue with their claim.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 - 2015

  Referred Finalized Pending (as of 2015/12/31)
Accepted Rejected Abandoned Withdrawn & Other Total
Total 0 940 1,223 171 407 2,741 6,257
Afghanistan 0 15 11 5 0 31 82
Albania 0 52 49 0 8 109 50
Algeria 0 8 16 0 4 28 3
Angola 0 0 0 0 0 0 8
Antigua and Barbuda 0 0 0 0 0 0 7
Argentina 0 0 0 0 2 2 2
Armenia 0 1 0 0 0 1 5
Australia 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
Austria 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
Azerbaijan 0 1 1 0 1 3 9
Bahamas 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
Bahrain 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Bangladesh 0 16 8 0 0 24 44
Barbados 0 1 2 0 0 3 14
Belarus (Byelorussia) 0 0 0 0 0 0 5
Benin 0 0 1 0 0 1 0
Bermuda 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Bolivia 0 0 0 0 0 0 5
Bosnia and Herzegovina 0 0 3 1 1 5 5
Botswana 0 2 6 1 5 14 37
Brazil 0 0 1 0 2 3 12
Bulgaria 0 0 0 0 4 4 20
Burkina Faso 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Burundi 0 9 11 0 0 20 9
Cambodia 0 8 2 0 2 12 16
Cameroon 0 5 4 2 0 11 23
Chad 0 3 0 0 0 3 2
Chile 0 3 3 0 0 6 1
China 0 51 115 1 15 182 792
Colombia 0 24 26 2 9 61 248
Congo (Brazzaville) 0 0 1 0 1 2 1
Congo, Democratic Republic of the (Zaire) 0 19 16 0 1 36 20
Costa Rica 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Croatia 0 42 103 1 97 243 294
Cuba 0 4 3 1 0 8 20
Czech Republic 0 0 0 0 0 0 11
Djibouti 0 1 0 0 0 1 7
Dominica 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
Dominican Republic 0 1 5 3 1 10 11
Ecuador 0 0 5 0 1 6 6
Egypt 0 1 0 0 1 2 45
El Salvador 0 36 41 1 4 82 62
England 0 0 3 0 0 3 0
Equatorial Guinea 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Eritrea 0 24 0 0 2 26 66
Ethiopia 0 2 3 0 1 6 69
Finland 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
France 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Gabon 0 0 1 0 0 1 0
Gambia 0 1 1 1 0 3 9
Georgia 0 1 4 0 1 6 61
Germany 0 0 8 0 0 8 0
Ghana 0 2 0 0 3 5 33
Greece 0 0 22 1 8 31 11
Grenada 0 0 1 1 0 2 8
Guatemala 0 9 4 0 0 13 31
Guinea 0 6 16 1 2 25 15
Guyana 0 2 0 0 0 2 23
Haiti 0 24 25 1 2 52 21
Honduras 0 5 20 1 1 27 51
Hong Kong (SAR) 0 0 1 0 2 3 21
Hungary 0 80 99 6 57 242 761
India 0 108 82 18 24 232 316
Indonesia 0 3 0 0 0 3 8
Iran 0 16 10 0 0 26 22
Iraq 0 12 2 0 6 20 52
Ireland 0 0 1 0 4 5 0
Israel 0 5 14 0 2 21 41
Italy 0 0 16 0 0 16 0
Ivory Coast 0 2 3 0 0 5 4
Jamaica 0 3 15 1 7 26 74
Japan 0 0 6 0 0 6 7
Jordan 0 7 6 0 1 14 16
Kazakhstan 0 7 0 1 0 8 48
Kenya 0 0 0 0 0 0 22
Korea, Democratic People's Republic of (North) 0 2 26 21 14 63 34
Korea, Republic of (South) 0 0 6 1 2 9 4
Kosovo 0 0 3 0 2 5 34
Kuwait 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Kyrgyzstan 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
Latvia 0 3 1 0 1 5 12
Lebanon 0 1 5 0 5 11 18
Libya 0 12 1 0 0 13 1
Lithuania 0 0 4 0 1 5 11
Macedonia 0 0 1 0 0 1 9
Madagascar 0 0 3 0 0 3 2
Malawi 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Malaysia 0 0 0 0 0 0 8
Mali 0 1 1 1 0 3 4
Mauritius 0 4 0 0 0 4 2
Mexico 0 7 56 3 15 81 80
Moldova 0 1 0 0 1 2 14
Mongolia 0 0 0 0 0 0 11
Montenegro 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Morocco 0 1 2 0 2 5 3
Namibia 0 8 18 1 1 28 33
Nepal 0 0 0 0 0 0 23
Netherlands 0 0 1 0 0 1 2
Nicaragua 0 0 0 1 0 1 3
Niger 0 0 1 0 0 1 1
Nigeria 0 10 31 1 6 48 323
Pakistan 0 43 28 0 2 73 172
Palestine 0 6 6 1 0 13 13
Panama 0 0 5 0 0 5 4
Peru 0 8 15 2 7 32 11
Philippines 0 0 3 0 0 3 3
Poland 0 10 10 11 2 33 27
Portugal 0 0 12 1 2 15 5
Romania 0 1 13 59 0 73 177
Russia 0 5 7 1 2 15 47
Rwanda 0 5 2 0 1 8 10
Saint Kitts and Nevis, Federation of 0 0 1 0 0 1 4
Saint Lucia 0 21 18 2 7 48 135
Saint Vincent 0 9 8 0 0 17 97
San Marino 0 0 1 0 0 1 0
Saudi Arabia 0 0 1 1 0 2 7
Senegal 0 1 0 0 0 1 3
Serbia 0 0 1 0 0 1 21
Sierra Leone 0 0 2 0 0 2 2
Singapore 0 0 1 0 0 1 3
Slovakia 0 31 10 0 19 60 115
Slovakia (Slovak Republic) 0 1 0 0 0 1 3
Slovenia 0 0 0 0 4 4 6
Somalia 0 5 2 2 0 9 124
South Africa 0 0 1 0 0 1 7
Spain 0 0 7 1 0 8 3
Sri Lanka 0 56 36 0 4 96 451
Sudan 0 0 1 0 0 1 40
Swaziland 0 2 0 0 0 2 24
Sweden 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
Syria 0 26 4 2 2 34 36
Taiwan 0 0 3 1 0 4 1
Tajikistan 0 1 0 0 1 2 3
Tanzania 0 1 3 0 0 4 12
Thailand 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Togo 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Trinidad and Tobago 0 1 0 1 1 3 11
Tunisia 0 1 4 1 1 7 11
Turkey 0 7 12 0 8 27 105
Turks and Caicos Islands 0 0 6 0 0 6 3
Uganda 0 2 1 0 0 3 21
Ukraine 0 4 3 0 0 7 83
United Arab Emirates 0 2 0 0 0 2 0
United Kingdom 0 0 2 0 0 2 1
United States of America 0 2 26 5 8 41 45
Uruguay 0 0 4 0 0 4 1
Uzbekistan 0 4 1 0 1 6 11
Venezuela 0 5 6 0 1 12 34
Vietnam 0 1 0 1 0 2 6
Yemen 0 4 0 0 0 4 14
Zambia 0 1 0 0 0 1 4
Zimbabwe 0 0 1 0 2 3 8
(Blank) 0 0 0 0 0 0 1