Refugee Protection Claims (New System) by Country of Alleged Persecution - 2017

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    • Withdrawn & Other: “Withdrawn” describes cases in which the claimant does not continue with their claim.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 - January to September 2017

  Referred Finalized Pending (as of 2017/09/30)
Accepted Rejected Abandoned Withdrawn & Other Total
Total 32,938 10,388 4,495 346 674 15,903 34,462
Afghanistan 484 297 30 2 13 342 506
Albania 117 48 55 1 5 109 171
Algeria 118 39 25 0 5 69 117
Angola 190 12 6 2 0 20 203
Antigua and Barbuda 25 11 9 0 0 20 18
Argentina 12 1 4 0 1 6 10
Armenia 3 1 0 0 0 1 7
Australia 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Austria 5 0 0 0 0 0 5
Azerbaijan 293 113 38 7 2 160 293
Bahamas 143 57 10 0 2 69 138
Bahrain 19 7 6 0 0 13 17
Bangladesh 310 92 44 2 8 146 405
Barbados 39 21 3 2 2 28 29
Belarus(Byelorussia) 9 2 0 0 0 2 13
Belgium 8 1 4 0 0 5 7
Belize 1 3 0 0 0 3 2
Benin 20 5 2 1 0 8 22
Bolivia 4 0 1 0 4 5 7
Bosnia and Herzegovina 2 1 1 0 0 2 6
Botswana 5 2 6 0 0 8 9
Brazil 125 5 16 1 7 29 134
Bulgaria 3 1 0 0 0 1 6
Burkina Faso 22 4 5 0 0 9 21
Burundi 738 558 24 0 2 584 549
Cambodia 10 5 1 0 1 7 9
Cameroon 175 72 37 1 1 111 178
Central African Rep 9 7 0 0 0 7 6
Chad 219 93 33 0 3 129 182
Chile 57 5 14 0 6 25 66
China 888 418 445 9 15 887 1,322
Colombia 936 380 139 8 16 543 1,081
Congo (Brazzaville) 70 29 15 0 2 46 67
Congo, Dem Rep (Zaire) 344 100 108 2 3 213 428
Costa Rica 15 0 9 0 0 9 6
Croatia 21 8 7 1 1 17 42
Cuba 63 25 27 1 3 56 60
Cyprus 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Czech Republic 159 29 8 2 39 78 258
Denmark 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
Djibouti 527 172 59 3 1 235 444
Dominica 2 1 0 0 0 1 1
Dominican Republic 46 18 8 2 0 28 40
Ecuador 12 8 7 0 0 15 21
Egypt 537 177 40 11 2 230 504
El Salvador 564 119 63 6 2 190 536
Equatorial Guinea 1 0 3 0 0 3 1
Eritrea 848 668 39 2 6 715 673
Ethiopia 460 183 60 1 4 248 463
Fiji 2 0 0 0 0 0 2
Finland 3 0 4 0 0 4 0
France 10 0 12 0 1 13 9
Gabon 11 13 5 0 0 18 5
Gambia 24 6 6 1 1 14 37
Georgia 104 33 32 8 0 73 170
Germany 2 0 2 0 0 2 9
Ghana 177 29 44 3 3 79 186
Greece 9 0 3 0 4 7 10
Grenada 1 1 0 0 1 2 4
Guatemala 151 12 29 0 0 41 158
Guinea 84 33 15 1 1 50 80
Guinea-Bissau 0 0 1 0 0 1 1
Guyana 36 4 8 0 0 12 53
Haiti 6,249 153 227 16 4 400 6,161
Honduras 240 66 28 2 0 96 227
Hong Kong (SAR) 1 0 1 0 0 1 0
Hungary 270 203 110 7 55 375 710
India 852 109 192 71 14 386 842
Indonesia 32 6 8 1 1 16 35
Iran 432 233 42 3 15 293 383
Iraq 672 448 91 2 28 569 736
Ireland 13 0 3 0 10 13 6
Israel 76 4 11 0 9 24 95
Italy 26 0 18 0 4 22 23
Ivory Coast 51 10 1 0 1 12 58
Jamaica 140 48 31 0 5 84 161
Japan 3 0 0 0 2 2 2
Jordan 139 33 31 0 2 66 160
Kazakhstan 23 5 3 0 2 10 24
Kenya 89 27 20 0 1 48 102
Korea DPR (North) 2 0 0 0 0 0 24
Korea R. (South) 21 6 4 0 5 15 28
Kosovo 24 13 3 0 3 19 39
Kuwait 19 10 2 0 2 14 7
Kyrgyzstan 6 3 2 0 1 6 11
Latvia 5 0 2 0 0 2 4
Lebanon 270 138 77 1 5 221 324
Lesotho 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
Liberia 21 9 5 0 0 14 17
Libya 329 191 13 0 5 209 390
Lithuania 3 0 3 0 0 3 3
Macedonia 3 0 0 0 0 0 3
Madagascar 7 1 0 0 0 1 9
Malawi 13 1 0 0 0 1 15
Malaysia 5 2 0 0 0 2 10
Mali 35 15 24 1 0 40 43
Mauritania 39 26 18 0 3 47 48
Mauritius 4 0 1 0 0 1 5
Mexico 926 87 183 33 34 337 794
Moldova 4 0 1 0 0 1 8
Mongolia 16 8 1 0 0 9 21
Montenegro 4 0 5 0 0 5 2
Morocco 29 6 17 0 2 25 32
Mozambique 1 0 3 0 0 3 1
Myanmar, Burma 4 3 0 0 0 3 5
Namibia 0 1 0 0 0 1 29
Nepal 79 39 24 0 3 66 130
Netherlands 12 0 0 3 1 4 8
New Zealand 1 0 0 0 1 1 0
Nicaragua 14 0 3 0 0 3 14
Niger 12 2 2 0 1 5 11
Nigeria 2,768 587 655 3 19 1,264 2,657
Norway 2 0 0 0 1 1 6
Pakistan 1,190 412 127 6 20 565 1,513
Palestine 456 238 66 2 4 310 462
Panama 8 0 0 0 0 0 12
Peru 43 6 16 1 2 25 60
Philippines 28 2 7 1 2 12 48
Poland 47 2 4 0 2 8 67
Portugal 8 0 7 0 0 7 11
Qatar 1 0 1 0 0 1 0
Romania 28 8 1 34 27 70 59
Russia 142 68 12 2 3 85 146
Rwanda 131 43 17 1 0 61 133
Saint Kitts and Nevis, Fed. Of 2 0 5 0 0 5 2
Saint Lucia 20 6 1 1 2 10 50
Saint Vincent 15 3 7 2 3 15 31
Saudi Arabia 257 87 36 5 6 134 261
Senegal 44 23 15 0 0 38 35
Serbia 4 4 0 0 0 4 10
Sierra Leone 23 9 5 0 2 16 24
Singapore 0 2 0 0 0 2 0
Slovakia 189 90 7 0 17 114 521
Slovakia (Slovak Republic) 0 0 0 0 0 0 5
Somalia 643 256 124 29 61 470 713
South Africa 63 3 20 0 0 23 67
Spain 9 0 12 0 2 14 7
Sri Lanka 280 136 49 1 3 189 420
Sudan 551 249 24 2 3 278 560
Sudan (South) 4 5 0 0 0 5 2
Suriname 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
Swaziland 3 0 0 0 0 0 6
Sweden 7 0 0 0 4 4 7
Switzerland 0 0 1 0 0 1 1
Syria 1,028 596 33 3 17 649 746
Taiwan 2 1 2 0 0 3 0
Tajikistan 10 6 2 0 0 8 10
Tanzania 34 14 8 0 1 23 48
Thailand 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
Togo 31 7 3 0 0 10 34
Trinidad and Tobago 6 3 3 0 0 6 14
Tunisia 32 13 7 1 1 22 31
Turkey 1,665 895 121 8 27 1,051 1,498
Turkmenistan 9 4 0 0 0 4 8
Uganda 150 61 37 0 0 98 123
Ukraine 169 73 39 1 7 120 308
United Arab Emirates 15 3 0 1 1 5 14
United Kingdom 2 0 2 0 0 2 1
United States of America 652 2 90 12 32 136 590
Uruguay 4 0 5 0 0 5 0
Uzbekistan 35 13 7 0 0 20 51
Venezuela 810 293 71 5 8 377 757
Vietnam 25 2 4 1 0 7 27
Yemen 644 265 11 2 6 284 580
Zambia 2 2 1 0 0 3 1
Zimbabwe 119 54 43 1 0 98 100
Stateless 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
Unknown 36 7 5 1 5 18 47