Refugee Protection Claims (New System) by Country of Alleged Persecution - 2016

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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.
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Claims (New System) by Country of Alleged Persecution – 2016

 ReferredFinalizedPending (as of 2016/12/31)
AcceptedRejectedAbandonedWithdrawn & OtherTotal
Total 23,350 9,972 4,821 286 682 15,761 17,537
Afghanistan62346584----569367
Albania1667468----149163
Algeria1102432----6170
Angola49--------2233
Antigua and Barbuda29--------24--
Argentina--------------
Armenia--------------
Australia--------------
Azerbaijan21260------69159
Bahamas1014538----8664
Bahrain--------------
Bangladesh28613366----208245
Barbados3226------34--
Belarus (Byelorussia)--------------
Belgium--------------
Belize--------------
Benin20------------
Bolivia--------------
Bosnia and Herzegovina--------------
Botswana--------------
Brazil28----------38
Bulgaria--------------
Burkina Faso35--------35--
Burundi657378------403409
Cambodia--------------
Cameroon19911553----172116
Cape Verde--------------
Central African Republic--------------
Chad1587528----10992
Chile49--31----3534
China1,32335161341301,0351,323
Colombia820352185----553694
Congo (Brazzaville)8349------6444
Congo, Democratic Republic of the (Zaire)412159124----292297
Costa Rica--------------
Croatia------------38
Cuba6828------5554
Cyprus--------------
Czech Republic1343821----84177
Denmark--------------
Djibouti210--------112153
Dominica--------------
Dominican Republic44--------3122
Ecuador------------24
Egypt332187------218198
El Salvador244143------205160
Equatorial Guinea--------------
Eritrea74926847----331541
Ethiopia38522280----307252
Fiji--------------
Finland--------------
France--------------
Gabon--------------
Gambia27----------27
Georgia1133128----64139
Germany--------------
Ghana11338------7489
Greece--------------
Grenada--------------
Guatemala51--28----4748
Guinea66--------4246
Guinea-Bissau--------------
Guyana27--------2429
Haiti631207197----412351
Honduras13682------12783
Hong Kong (SAR)--------------
Hungary953545215----857808
India582124208----446370
Indonesia31------------
Iran29312827----160245
Iraq1,059558127----713635
Ireland--------------
Israel58--------3643
Italy----------32--
Ivory Coast3324------3320
Jamaica1537172----148106
Japan--------------
Jordan1123641----7786
Kazakhstan----------17--
Kenya59--------3461
Korea, Democratic People's Republic of (North)------------22
Korea, Republic of (South)20----------22
Kosovo42--------3134
Kuwait--------------
Kyrgyzstan--------------
Latvia--------------
Lebanon401142103----255277
Liberia--------------
Libya357252------297271
Lithuania--------------
Macedonia--------------
Madagascar--------------
Malawi--------------
Malaysia--------------
Mali933351----8848
Mauritania70--------3956
Mauritius--------------
Mexico250--53--39128200
Moldova--------------
Mongolia31-------34--
Montenegro--------------
Morocco39--------2528
Mozambique--------------
Myanmar, Burma--------------
Namibia------------28
Nepal18081------121116
Netherlands--------------
Nicaragua-------------
Niger--------------
Nigeria1,543389476----8791,159
Norway--------------
Pakistan1,159532165----709892
Palestine400123------153317
Panama--------------
Peru55--20----3142
Philippines27----------32
Poland27--------2128
Portugal--------------
Qatar--------------
Romania120----------107
Russia9558------7788
Rwanda933722----6366
Saint Kitts and Nevis, Federation of--------------
Saint Lucia24----------40
Saint Vincent24--------2631
Saudi Arabia19673------96138
Senegal5224------4229
Serbia--------------
Seychelles--------------
Sierra Leone23------------
Singapore--------------
Slovakia382180----106352447
Slovakia (Slovak Republic)--------------
Somalia7043221202524491542
South Africa39--------3127
Spain--------------
Sri Lanka20212426----155330
Sudan37810030----134287
Sudan (South)--------------
Swaziland--------------
Sweden--------------
Switzerland--------------
Syria96372125----769368
Taiwan--------------
Tajikistan--------------
Tanzania4621------2538
Thailand--------------
Togo3429------36--
Trinidad and Tobago--------------
Tunisia39--20----3721
Turkey1,10339867----473885
Turkmenistan--------------
Uganda1086322----8671
Ukraine27815471----236259
United Arab Emirates--------------
United Kingdom--------------
United States of America129--60--249077
Uruguay--------------
Uzbekistan34--------2336
Venezuela56627386----363324
Vietnam-------------
Yemen342154------173225
Zambia--------------
Zimbabwe1455541----9880
Stateless--------------
Unknown41--------2237

Due to privacy considerations, some values in this table have been suppressed and replaced with the notation "--". As a result, components may not be a sum of the total indicated. In general, the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada suppresses values less than 20. ​
See protecting privacy when releasing statistical information: small value suppression to learn more about how the Board approaches small value suppression.​