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

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    • Withdrawn & Other: “Withdrawn” describes cases in which the claimant does not continue with their claim.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

  Referred Finalized Pending (as of 2015/12/31)
Accepted Rejected Abandoned Withdrawn & Other Total
Total 16,592 8,596 4,119 212 532 13,459 9,999
Afghanistan 475 297 42 4 15 358 313
Albania 153 33 40 3 4 80 146
Algeria 59 32 36 0 1 69 21
Angola 15 7 16 0 0 23 6
Antigua and Barbuda 13 10 1 0 1 12 8
Argentina 7 0 3 1 1 5 2
Armenia 5 0 5 0 0 5 1
Austria 0 0 1 0 0 1 0
Azerbaijan 18 5 2 0 0 7 16
Bahamas 71 17 15 5 1 38 50
Bahrain 4 5 0 0 0 5 3
Bangladesh 231 133 64 1 10 208 173
Barbados 35 16 7 0 2 25 20
Belarus (Byelorussia) 8 4 3 0 0 7 6
Belgium 16 0 7 0 0 7 9
Belize 3 1 0 0 0 1 1
Benin 18 15 5 0 0 20 7
Bolivia 3 1 3 0 0 4 7
Bosnia and Herzegovina 5 3 0 0 0 3 5
Botswana 5 4 3 0 0 7 7
Brazil 40 4 9 4 2 19 29
Bulgaria 5 4 5 0 0 9 5
Burkina Faso 21 13 2 0 1 16 8
Burundi 260 116 38 0 2 156 155
Cambodia 5 3 5 0 0 8 1
Cameroon 224 146 51 0 1 198 90
Central African Republic 9 13 1 0 1 15 3
Chad 88 57 26 1 1 85 43
Chile 33 2 10 1 0 13 21
China 1,722 702 589 28 27 1,346 1,038
Colombia 711 296 252 5 29 582 430
Congo (Brazzaville) 37 17 12 0 0 29 25
Congo, Democratic Republic of the (Zaire) 292 116 155 7 0 278 179
Costa Rica 3 0 0 0 0 0 3
Croatia 28 9 14 0 3 26 35
Cuba 96 79 33 10 4 126 43
Cyprus 1 0 1 0 0 1 0
Czech Republic 118 34 15 0 25 74 128
Djibouti 69 41 12 0 0 53 55
Dominican Republic 19 7 11 0 2 20 9
Ecuador 12 4 5 1 0 10 13
Egypt 188 163 17 0 7 187 84
El Salvador 194 109 44 4 6 163 121
Equatorial Guinea 0 3 0 0 0 3 0
Eritrea 286 235 17 3 3 258 126
Ethiopia 315 154 73 3 1 231 176
Fiji 0 1 2 0 0 3 0
France 10 0 3 0 3 6 6
Gabon 3 1 3 0 1 5 1
Gambia 18 9 10 0 0 19 17
Georgia 91 15 30 4 1 50 91
Germany 7 1 2 0 1 4 3
Ghana 89 31 48 0 2 81 50
Greece 18 0 13 0 1 14 7
Grenada 6 0 4 0 0 4 4
Guatemala 46 16 18 2 1 37 44
Guinea 51 25 28 0 0 53 22
Guinea-Bissau 2 2 0 0 0 2 2
Guyana 32 2 7 0 0 9 26
Haiti 319 134 186 7 5 332 133
Honduras 122 65 46 4 4 119 76
Hungary 985 507 118 8 80 713 712
India 379 80 141 35 12 268 235
Indonesia 20 8 8 0 0 16 6
Iran 179 122 15 3 5 145 113
Iraq 595 524 40 1 20 585 291
Ireland 1 0 0 0 1 1 6
Israel 34 2 34 0 2 38 21
Italy 44 0 29 0 3 32 33
Ivory Coast 32 13 12 0 0 25 20
Jamaica 186 81 78 1 1 161 102
Japan 4 0 1 0 3 4 3
Jordan 85 30 35 0 3 68 51
Kazakhstan 20 9 3 0 0 12 12
Kenya 60 25 20 0 0 45 36
Korea, Democratic People's Republic of (North) 15 0 0 0 0 0 24
Korea, Republic of (South) 13 0 4 0 1 5 16
Kosovo 47 21 21 4 3 49 23
Kuwait 13 6 7 1 0 14 5
Kyrgyzstan 30 16 9 1 0 26 13
Latvia 0 3 0 0 0 3 0
Lebanon 247 119 81 0 2 202 131
Liberia 5 0 7 0 0 7 4
Libya 540 363 55 0 2 420 211
Macedonia 2 1 0 0 1 2 1
Madagascar 1 1 1 0 0 2 0
Malawi 2 1 0 0 0 1 2
Malaysia 5 2 2 1 0 5 4
Mali 87 26 37 0 3 66 43
Mauritania 43 18 8 1 0 27 25
Mauritius 5 1 1 0 0 2 4
Mexico 111 40 39 4 8 91 78
Moldova 6 1 1 0 0 2 5
Mongolia 36 19 13 0 0 32 17
Montenegro 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Morocco 26 10 17 0 1 28 14
Myanmar, Burma 4 2 3 0 0 5 3
Namibia 7 1 0 0 0 1 29
Nepal 95 49 7 1 0 57 57
Netherlands 6 4 6 0 1 11 0
Nicaragua 13 1 8 0 1 10 4
Niger 6 4 2 0 0 6 1
Nigeria 849 394 248 2 10 654 496
Norway 6 2 0 0 0 2 3
Pakistan 947 659 146 1 11 817 444
Palestine 132 51 31 0 12 94 70
Panama 2 1 3 0 0 4 5
Peru 34 6 13 0 1 20 19
Philippines 25 2 16 0 4 22 17
Poland 19 5 8 1 5 19 23
Portugal 14 0 0 0 1 1 13
Qatar 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
Romania 4 1 0 8 0 9 5
Russia 108 58 17 0 0 75 70
Rwanda 62 34 19 1 1 55 37
Saint Kitts and Nevis, Federation of 8 2 6 1 0 9 5
Saint Lucia 33 18 15 0 1 34 29
Saint Vincent 38 16 20 2 1 39 33
Saudi Arabia 75 41 8 0 0 49 38
Senegal 57 38 15 0 2 55 19
Serbia 2 2 2 0 0 4 7
Seychelles 4 0 0 0 0 0 4
Sierra Leone 12 3 2 0 0 5 7
Singapore 3 1 1 0 0 2 2
Slovakia 374 137 42 5 87 271 417
Slovakia (Slovak Republic) 1 0 0 0 0 0 5
Somalia 520 215 135 16 9 375 329
South Africa 33 18 9 0 0 27 19
Spain 13 3 1 1 5 10 6
Sri Lanka 308 167 44 2 3 216 287
Sudan 94 73 21 4 4 102 43
Sudan (South) 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
Swaziland 4 4 0 0 0 4 2
Sweden 4 0 0 0 1 1 4
Syria 590 568 26 0 7 601 174
Taiwan 3 2 2 0 0 4 2
Tajikistan 6 2 0 0 0 2 4
Tanzania 29 8 8 0 1 17 17
Thailand 8 1 2 0 0 3 7
Togo 20 8 8 0 0 16 15
Trinidad and Tobago 12 3 4 0 4 11 9
Tunisia 34 20 14 0 0 34 19
Turkey 295 104 51 1 10 166 255
Turkmenistan 0 0 0 0 1 1 1
Uganda 88 45 14 1 0 60 49
Ukraine 397 188 123 3 6 320 218
United Arab Emirates 7 9 6 0 0 15 5
United Kingdom 2 3 3 0 0 6 2
United States of America 69 1 54 4 13 72 38
Uruguay 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Uzbekistan 35 16 5 0 0 21 25
Venezuela 242 155 35 0 8 198 121
Vietnam 14 4 5 0 0 9 6
Yemen 157 125 5 0 0 130 56
Zambia 4 2 3 0 0 5 1
Zimbabwe 44 32 9 0 0 41 34
Stateless 4 1 0 0 0 1 3
Unknown 23 25 7 0 2 34 18