Becoming a Refugee in Canada

Canada is one of the most welcoming countries for Refugees. However, if you want to be a refugee in Canada, you will have to meet a certain set of conditions. In this Article, we are hoping to cover the basic points about Canada’s views on refugees. In addition to explaining the basic conditions in order to seek Asylum in Canada.

Canada’s Opinions on refugees

First of all, there is a big difference between refugees and immigrants. An immigrant is a person who chooses to settle down in another country. While a refugee is a person who is forced to flee his country for a various set of reasons. A refugee is simply looking for a safe place. A place where he won’t have to worry about persecution for his indifferences. And, of course, where he will be safe in general.

Canada Happens to be one of the most welcoming countries in the world when it comes to the Canadian Refugee Policy. Canada has signed the Geneva Convention in 1951. This convention is related to the status of refugees, the right to life, liberty, and security of all humans.

With that, Canada accepts a large number of refugees every year. According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Canada has provided asylum to 46,700 refugees in 2016. this is the largest number of refugees accepted in a year in a single country.

Requirements to become a refugee in Canada

To be classified as a refugee according to Canada, A person should be one of the following:

  • A human rights activist who is being persecuted by his country for his or her criticism of certain government abuses or mistreatment.
  • A member of a religion who is being suppressed by the government or facing racist conditions.
  • A union leader who is being threatened by business leaders with support from the government.
  • A woman who is a victim of physical abuse from her husband in a country that neglects acts of conjugal violence.
  • A witness of a crime committed by government officers where that government wants to cover the crime.
  • A person who is under attack from rebel groups and his country cannot provide protection
  • A student activist in a country where the government suppresses student movements

These are some of the general cases that can grant a refugee claim in Canada. Many other specific cases can also grant a refugee claim. Contact us to get a specific case review from our professional counselors and find out if you are eligible.

The process of becoming a refugee in Canada

The Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB) can take up to 60 days to hear a refugee claim. Some specific countries are much faster. It is often advised that you do not take on the process of seeking asylum in Canada by yourself. You must try to get professional counsel and an attorney to represent your case. All cases of refugee Claims require the submission of an Application Package.

If you need any assisstance in your refugee Claim, feel free to write to us at Our team will be glad to help you.


Seeking help?

The Canadian Immigration Counseling Center Provides services for refugees, immigrants, tourists, and visitors. Head over to our contact page and get help from legal professionals.

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