Refugee Protection Claims (New System) Statistics

Please note that claims finalized in a given time period may have been referred to the RPD in a previous time period. The following tables include all types of cases referred to the RPD on or after December 15, 2012 (new system). Also included are claims that have been returned to the RPD by either the Federal Court or the Refugee Appeal Division for re-determination, as well as other types of matters heard by the RPD (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 RPD.
  • Finalized:
    • Accepted: The RPD has determined that the claimant is either a Convention refugee or a person in need of protection.
    • Rejected: The RPD has determined that the claimant is not a Convention refugee or a person in need of protection.
    • Abandoned: The RPD has declared that the claim has been abandoned because, for example, the completed Basis of Claim 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    • Withdrawn & Other: “Withdrawn” describes cases in which the claimant does not continue with their claim.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    • Total: Total of all claims accepted, rejected, abandoned, withdrawn & other.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 to the RPD in a previous time period.
  • Pending: All claims, referred on or after 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Accepted Rejected Abandoned Withdrawn & Other Total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 17,241 6,787 2,932 221 390 10,330 24,404
Eastern 5,437 1,811 812 71 98 2,792 6,296
Central 9,547 3,826 1,790 135 243 5,994 15,793
Western 2,257 1,150 330 15 49 1,544 2,315

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 23,350 9,972 4,821 286 682 15,761 17,537
Eastern 5,819 2,759 1,260 76 97 4,192 3,535
Central 14,880 5,925 2,907 179 499 9,510 12,537
Western 2,651 1,288 654 31 86 2,059 1,465

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 16,592 8,596 4,119 212 532 13,459 9,999
Eastern 3,883 2,098 1,288 51 88 3,525 1,919
Central 10,758 5,478 2,268 130 367 8,243 7,193
Western 1,951 1,020 563 31 77 1,691 887

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 13,800 7,156 3,961 271 425 11,813 6,916
Eastern 3,310 1,616 1,278 72 105 3,071 1,577
Central 8,932 4,627 2,264 175 265 7,331 4,701
Western 1,558 913 419 24 55 1,411 638

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 10,465 3,064 2,009 221 357 5,651 4,987
Eastern 2,934 812 673 47 82 1,614 1,355
Central 6,427 1,934 1,120 143 221 3,418 3,124
Western 1,104 318 216 31 54 619 508

Claims by Country of Alleged Persecution – 2013