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    • Withdrawn & Other: “Withdrawn” describes cases in which the claimant does not continue with their claim.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

  Referred Finalized Pending (as of 2017/06/30
Accepted Rejected Abandoned Withdrawn & Other Total
Total 17,241 6,787 2,932 221 390 10,330 24,404
Afghanistan 310 187 24 1 8 220 455
Albania 93 24 30 1 5 60 196
Algeria 69 21 14 0 3 38 99
Angola 129 7 4 0 0 11 151
Antigua and Barbuda 23 8 7 0 0 15 21
Argentina 8 1 4 0 0 5 7
Armenia 3 1 0 0 0 1 7
Australia 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Austria 2 0 0 0 0 0 2
Azerbaijan 171 61 16 7 2 86 244
Bahamas 73 32 4 0 2 38 99
Bahrain 15 3 0 0 0 3 23
Bangladesh 204 59 31 1 3 94 351
Barbados 31 6 2 2 1 11 38
Belarus(Byelorussia) 4 1 0 0 0 1 9
Belgium 1 0 3 0 0 3 2
Belize 1 3 0 0 0 3 2
Benin 13 2 1 1 0 4 19
Bolivia 1 0 1 0 0 1 8
Bosnia and Herzegovina 2 0 0 0 0 0 8
Botswana 4 2 6 0 0 8 8
Brazil 49 5 5 0 1 11 76
Bulgaria 1 1 0 0 0 1 4
Burkina Faso 15 3 5 0 0 8 15
Burundi 434 367 20 0 1 388 456
Cambodia 8 3 1 0 1 5 9
Cameroon 124 47 18 1 1 67 172
Central African Rep 7 2 0 0 0 2 9
Chad 154 55 20 0 2 77 169
Chile 45 3 12 0 4 19 60
China 602 250 279 5 9 543 1,382
Colombia 592 187 102 8 10 307 976
Congo (Brazzaville) 33 21 10 0 2 33 43
Congo, Dem Rep (Zaire) 226 77 80 0 3 160 363
Costa Rica 10 0 5 0 0 5 5
Croatia 11 7 7 1 1 16 33
Cuba 44 22 20 1 3 46 51
Cyprus 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Czech Republic 132 25 8 0 15 48 261
Denmark 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
Djibouti 411 109 32 3 0 144 419
Dominica 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
Dominican Republic 24 12 3 1 0 16 30
Ecuador 7 1 7 0 0 8 23
Egypt 238 114 33 2 2 151 284
El Salvador 398 68 41 5 2 116 443
Equatorial Guinea 0 0 2 0 0 2 1
Eritrea 529 478 31 2 6 517 552
Ethiopia 272 117 49 0 4 170 354
Fiji 2 0 0 0 0 0 2
Finland 3 0 4 0 0 4 0
France 6 0 4 0 1 5 13
Gabon 9 9 3 0 0 12 9
Gambia 16 4 5 0 1 10 33
Georgia 67 24 20 3 0 47 158
Germany 1 0 2 0 0 2 8
Ghana 111 23 22 2 2 49 150
Greece 7 0 1 0 4 5 10
Grenada 1 0 0 0 0 0 6
Guatemala 93 6 18 0 0 24 117
Guinea 54 24 10 1 1 36 63
Guinea-Bissau 0 0 1 0 0 1 1
Guyana 21 3 7 0 0 10 40
Haiti 894 103 131 2 3 239 1,003
Honduras 171 60 15 2 0 77 177
Hong Kong (SAR) 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
Hungary 196 175 93 5 34 307 697
India 527 72 107 42 9 230 667
Indonesia 28 6 1 0 1 8 39
Iran 252 144 19 2 8 173 324
Iraq 464 352 68 2 19 441 657
Ireland 7 0 3 0 0 3 10
Israel 37 3 9 0 4 16 64
Italy 11 0 13 0 4 17 13
Ivory Coast 32 9 1 0 0 10 41
Jamaica 93 26 25 0 3 54 144
Japan 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Jordan 72 18 18 0 2 38 120
Kazakhstan 14 2 3 0 1 6 19
Kenya 64 18 11 0 1 30 95
Korea DPR (North) 0 0 0 0 0 0 22
Korea R. (South) 14 6 4 0 1 11 25
Kosovo 20 13 2 0 3 18 36
Kuwait 11 9 2 0 2 13 3
Kyrgyzstan 4 3 1 0 0 4 11
Latvia 2 0 2 0 0 2 1
Lebanon 145 98 65 0 4 167 252
Liberia 15 9 2 0 0 11 14
Libya 159 129 11 0 3 143 287
Lithuania 0 0 3 0 0 3 0
Macedonia 2 0 0 0 0 0 2
Madagascar 3 1 0 0 0 1 5
Malawi 0 1 0 0 0 1 2
Malaysia 1 1 0 0 0 1 7
Mali 30 13 15 1 0 29 49
Mauritania 23 15 12 0 2 29 50
Mauritius 3 0 0 0 0 0 5
Mexico 566 49 129 20 22 220 546
Moldova 3 0 1 0 0 1 7
Mongolia 15 7 0 0 0 7 22
Montenegro 3 0 5 0 0 5 1
Morocco 19 4 17 0 1 22 25
Mozambique 1 0 3 0 0 3 1
Myanmar, Burma 4 2 0 0 0 2 6
Namibia 0 0 0 0 0 0 28
Nepal 54 22 16 0 1 39 131
Netherlands 10 0 0 3 1 4 6
New Zealand 1 0 0 0 1 1 0
Nicaragua 12 0 0 0 0 0 15
Niger 5 1 2 0 1 4 6
Nigeria 1,466 331 401 2 14 748 1,876
Norway 0 0 0 0 0 0 5
Pakistan 811 276 92 2 9 379 1,320
Palestine 273 175 47 1 3 226 364
Panama 4 0 0 0 0 0 8
Peru 25 1 14 0 1 16 51
Philippines 19 2 7 1 1 11 40
Poland 17 2 1 0 1 4 41
Portugal 7 0 3 0 0 3 14
Qatar 1 0 1 0 0 1 0
Romania 15 8 0 34 21 63 55
Russia 90 38 9 2 0 49 129
Rwanda 79 36 13 0 0 49 96
Saint Kitts and Nevis, Fed. Of 1 0 5 0 0 5 1
Saint Lucia 17 5 1 1 1 8 49
Saint Vincent 9 1 2 1 3 7 33
Saudi Arabia 117 71 17 3 4 95 160
Senegal 33 15 9 0 0 24 38
Serbia 4 4 0 0 0 4 10
Sierra Leone 16 4 3 0 2 9 24
Singapore 0 2 0 0 0 2 0
Slovakia 125 65 7 0 10 82 489
Slovakia (Slovak Republic) 0 0 0 0 0 0 5
Somalia 467 164 65 21 20 270 737
South Africa 31 0 9 0 0 9 49
Spain 8 0 11 0 2 13 7
Sri Lanka 193 95 22 0 3 120 402
Sudan 390 129 20 2 3 154 523
Sudan (South) 4 2 0 0 0 2 5
Swaziland 2 0 0 0 0 0 5
Sweden 0 0 0 0 3 3 1
Switzerland 0 0 1 0 0 1 1
Syria 530 394 26 2 12 434 464
Taiwan 2 1 1 0 0 2 1
Tajikistan 7 6 2 0 0 8 7
Tanzania 29 7 5 0 1 13 53
Thailand 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
Togo 12 5 2 0 0 7 18
Trinidad and Tobago 5 3 3 0 0 6 13
Tunisia 16 11 7 1 1 20 17
Turkey 1,061 569 91 7 12 679 1,266
Turkmenistan 2 3 0 0 0 3 2
Uganda 108 35 22 0 0 57 122
Ukraine 109 59 36 0 1 96 272
United Arab Emirates 9 1 0 1 0 2 11
United Kingdom 2 0 1 0 0 1 2
United States of America 292 2 40 9 20 71 298
Uruguay 4 0 5 0 0 5 0
Uzbekistan 25 11 2 0 0 13 48
Venezuela 443 162 46 1 3 212 555
Vietnam 22 2 4 1 0 7 24
Yemen 344 198 10 1 6 215 353
Zambia 2 0 1 0 0 1 3
Zimbabwe 71 33 20 1 0 54 97
Unknown 18 3 5 0 2 10 45