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

The following table includes all types of cases referred to the Refugee Protection Division (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 table are applications to vacate or to cease refugee protection. Please note:

  • Claims finalized in a given time period may have been referred to the RPD 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 Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (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 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    • Withdrawn & Other: “Withdrawn” describes cases in which the claimant does not continue with their claim.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.
  • 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 RPD:
    • 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.

New System Claims by Country of Alleged Persecution - 2013

  Referred Finalized Pending (as of 2013/12/31)
Accepted Rejected Abandoned Withdrawn & Other Total
Total 10,465 3,064 2,009 221 357 5,651 4,987
Afghanistan 373 183 24 13 12 232 149
Albania 126 28 42 4 3 77 54
Algeria 108 31 31 2 1 65 43
Angola 25 5 17 3 0 25 4
Antigua and Barbuda 19 2 6 0 0 8 12
Argentina 5 0 0 0 0 0 5
Armenia 2 0 1 0 0 1 1
Austria 4 0 1 0 2 3 1
Azerbaijan 7 5 0 0 0 5 3
Bahamas 10 4 3 0 1 8 2
Bahrain 14 7 0 0 0 7 7
Bangladesh 153 27 26 0 1 54 100
Barbados 14 6 1 0 0 7 7
Belarus (Byelorussia) 7 1 1 0 0 2 5
Belgium 10 0 7 0 3 10 0
Belize 2 0 0 0 0 0 2
Benin 23 5 14 0 0 19 4
Bermuda 1 0 1 0 0 1 0
Bosnia and Herzegovina 5 0 1 1 0 2 3
Botswana 10 1 3 0 0 4 6
Brazil 11 1 4 0 1 6 5
Bulgaria 11 3 0 0 0 3 8
Burkina Faso 14 7 4 0 0 11 3
Burundi 167 100 37 1 0 138 49
Cambodia 18 1 9 0 1 11 7
Cameroon 130 37 26 0 2 65 64
Central African Republic 12 5 3 0 0 8 4
Chad 23 5 1 0 0 6 17
Chile 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
China 897 233 190 19 27 469 432
Colombia 597 149 137 5 12 303 303
Comoros 1 0 1 0 0 1 0
Congo (Brazzaville) 14 3 2 0 1 6 8
Congo, Democratic Republic of the (Zaire) 281 94 65 3 19 181 111
Costa Rica 5 0 2 0 0 2 3
Croatia 148 17 81 2 6 106 53
Cuba 180 68 24 4 9 105 73
Czech Republic 28 0 0 0 1 1 27
Djibouti 61 20 2 2 2 26 41
Dominica 1 1 0 0 0 1 0
Dominican Republic 29 7 7 0 5 19 12
Ecuador 10 0 1 0 0 1 9
Egypt 254 140 8 1 3 152 102
El Salvador 112 21 29 0 1 51 64
Equatorial Guinea 2 1 0 0 0 1 1
Eritrea 206 109 22 0 8 139 71
Estonia 1 0 1 4 0 5 0
Ethiopia 127 49 17 0 3 69 59
Fiji 6 1 4 0 0 5 1
Finland 1 0 0 0 1 1 0
France 11 0 8 1 1 10 2
Gabon 2 1 0 0 0 1 1
Gambia 21 5 6 1 0 12 10
Georgia 32 5 7 0 0 12 20
Germany 2 0 1 0 1 2 0
Ghana 76 15 20 2 1 38 40
Greece 36 0 19 2 3 24 14
Grenada 13 1 5 0 0 6 7
Guatemala 74 3 19 0 13 35 38
Guinea 68 12 18 0 6 36 32
Guinea-Bissau 2 0 1 0 0 1 1
Guyana 20 3 5 1 0 9 13
Haiti 334 96 97 0 3 196 139
Honduras 136 32 34 3 5 74 63
Hong Kong (SAR) 6 0 1 2 3 6 1
Hungary 212 13 21 2 12 48 164
India 225 11 73 22 8 114 116
Indonesia 8 4 3 0 1 8 0
Iran 218 92 19 1 2 114 106
Iraq 216 86 22 5 10 123 92
Ireland 6 0 0 0 0 0 6
Israel 25 1 2 1 5 9 16
Italy 36 0 17 0 1 18 18
Ivory Coast 23 4 1 0 1 6 17
Jamaica 140 35 32 1 8 76 68
Japan 1 0 1 0 0 1 1
Jordan 44 18 5 3 0 26 18
Kazakhstan 15 2 4 1 0 7 8
Kenya 32 10 9 0 0 19 13
Korea, Democratic People's Republic of (North) 146 7 49 27 13 96 50
Korea, Republic of (South) 17 2 5 2 2 11 6
Kosovo 51 2 23 0 1 26 25
Kuwait 25 6 0 0 0 6 18
Kyrgyzstan 8 1 4 0 0 5 3
Laos 4 1 2 0 0 3 1
Latvia 3 0 1 0 0 1 2
Lebanon 137 33 20 0 0 53 85
Liberia 7 2 3 0 0 5 2
Libya 31 7 2 0 1 10 21
Lithuania 1 0 1 0 0 1 0
Macedonia 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
Madagascar 1 0 1 0 0 1 0
Malaysia 5 1 1 0 0 2 3
Mali 24 6 8 0 0 14 11
Mauritania 26 14 3 0 0 17 9
Mexico 128 16 39 14 10 79 53
Moldova 2 0 1 0 0 1 1
Mongolia 17 11 0 0 0 11 7
Montenegro 5 5 0 0 0 5 0
Morocco 18 4 3 1 2 10 9
Mozambique 1 0 1 0 0 1 0
Myanmar, Burma 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Namibia 20 0 3 0 1 4 16
Nepal 24 10 3 0 1 14 11
Netherlands 11 0 6 0 2 8 3
New Zealand 1 0 1 0 0 1 0
Nicaragua 8 0 3 0 3 6 2
Niger 2 0 0 0 0 0 2
Nigeria 458 78 127 0 8 213 253
Pakistan 642 267 39 4 5 315 336
Palestine 34 13 7 0 2 22 12
Papua New Guinea 1 0 1 0 0 1 0
Paraguay 1 0 1 0 0 1 0
Peru 19 0 3 1 0 4 15
Philippines 15 3 5 1 0 9 6
Poland 34 0 12 0 10 22 12
Portugal 19 0 9 10 3 22 1
Qatar 0 0 4 0 0 4 0
Romania 32 12 6 0 6 24 8
Russia 95 34 15 3 1 53 44
Rwanda 66 15 21 0 0 36 33
Saint Kitts and Nevis, Federation of 15 3 2 0 0 5 10
Saint Lucia 67 14 21 1 0 36 31
Saint Vincent 78 5 25 0 5 35 43
Saudi Arabia 21 5 4 0 1 10 11
Senegal 34 12 5 0 0 17 17
Serbia 10 0 1 1 0 2 8
Sierra Leone 3 1 0 0 0 1 2
Singapore 1 0 1 0 0 1 0
Slovakia 30 0 4 0 6 10 20
Slovakia (Slovak Republic) 2 0 0 0 0 0 2
Slovenia 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
Solomon Islands 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Somalia 257 90 33 24 19 166 90
South Africa 18 0 8 0 0 8 10
Spain 24 0 8 6 2 16 8
Sri Lanka 229 93 24 0 0 117 116
Sudan 48 11 1 0 5 17 33
Swaziland 1 1 0 0 0 1 1
Sweden 5 0 3 0 0 3 2
Switzerland 1 0 1 0 0 1 0
Syria 517 282 10 2 4 298 226
Taiwan 2 0 1 1 0 2 0
Tajikistan 8 2 1 0 0 3 5
Tanzania 16 4 4 0 0 8 8
Thailand 4 0 2 1 1 4 0
Togo 17 4 1 0 1 6 11
Trinidad and Tobago 17 4 1 1 3 9 9
Tunisia 43 10 8 2 1 21 22
Turkey 187 52 37 1 9 99 94
Turks and Caicos Islands 1 0 1 0 0 1 0
Uganda 33 18 5 0 3 26 8
Ukraine 67 24 9 0 0 33 35
United Arab Emirates 9 0 0 0 0 0 9
United Kingdom 6 0 1 1 2 4 2
United States of America 69 1 15 3 12 31 37
Uzbekistan 27 5 3 0 0 8 19
Venezuela 31 2 5 0 0 7 24
Vietnam 11 2 2 0 0 4 6
Yemen 34 14 1 0 0 15 19
Zambia 3 1 1 0 1 3 0
Zimbabwe 40 14 10 0 0 24 16
Unknown 38 14 11 2 2 29 11