Canada Refugee Statistics 1960-2021

Refugees are people who are recognized as refugees under the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees or its 1967 Protocol, the 1969 Organization of African Unity Convention Governing the Specific Aspects of Refugee Problems in Africa, people recognized as refugees in accordance with the UNHCR statute, people granted refugee-like humanitarian status, and people provided temporary protection. Asylum seekers--people who have applied for asylum or refugee status and who have not yet received a decision or who are registered as asylum seekers--are excluded. Palestinian refugees are people (and their descendants) whose residence was Palestine between June 1946 and May 1948 and who lost their homes and means of livelihood as a result of the 1948 Arab-Israeli conflict. Country of asylum is the country where an asylum claim was filed and granted.
  • Canada refugee statistics for 2019 was 101,757.00, a 10.82% decline from 2018.
  • Canada refugee statistics for 2018 was 114,101.00, a 8.91% increase from 2017.
  • Canada refugee statistics for 2017 was 104,768.00, a 7.65% increase from 2016.
  • Canada refugee statistics for 2016 was 97,322.00, a 28.38% decline from 2015.
Data Source: World Bank

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Similar Country Ranking
Country Name Refugees Granted Asylum
Germany 1,146,682.00
France 407,915.00
United States 341,715.00
Sweden 253,787.00
Italy 207,602.00
Austria 135,951.00
United Kingdom 133,083.00
Switzerland 110,162.00
Canada 101,757.00
Netherlands 94,417.00
Greece 80,454.00
Australia 76,768.00
Belgium 61,662.00
Spain 57,751.00
Norway 53,882.00
Denmark 37,533.00
Finland 23,458.00
Israel 16,107.00
Poland 12,658.00
Cyprus 12,311.00
Malta 8,908.00
Ireland 7,795.00
Hungary 5,750.00
Argentina 3,857.00
South Korea 3,196.00
New Zealand 2,724.00
Luxembourg 2,548.00
Panama 2,536.00
Portugal 2,375.00
Trinidad and Tobago 2,308.00
Czech Republic 2,054.00
Chile 2,046.00
Lithuania 1,822.00
Japan 1,463.00
UAE 1,242.00
Slovak Republic 965.00
Croatia 916.00
Iceland 894.00
Slovenia 741.00
Kuwait 686.00
Latvia 665.00
Uruguay 498.00
Estonia 331.00
Saudi Arabia 315.00
Oman 308.00
Bahrain 251.00
Qatar 202.00
Hong Kong 128.00
Liechtenstein 125.00
Curacao 42.00
Cayman Islands 34.00
Monaco 22.00
Bahamas 10.00
St. Kitts and Nevis 5.00
Turks and Caicos Islands 5.00
Sint Maarten (Dutch part) 5.00
Canada Refugee Statistics - Historical Data
Year Refugees Granted Asylum Annual % Change
2019 101,757.00 -10.82%
2018 114,101.00 8.91%
2017 104,768.00 7.65%
2016 97,322.00 -28.38%
2015 135,890.00 -8.90%
2014 149,164.00 -6.97%
2013 160,347.00 -2.08%
2012 163,751.00 -0.68%
2011 164,879.00 -0.40%
2010 165,544.00 -2.29%
2009 169,424.00 -2.43%
2008 173,642.00 -1.19%
2007 175,728.00 15.74%
2006 151,832.00 3.17%
2005 147,164.00 4.07%
2004 141,402.00 6.25%
2003 133,088.00 2.43%
2002 129,935.00 0.55%
2001 129,227.00 1.76%
2000 126,991.00 2.99%
1999 123,303.00 3.31%
1998 119,355.00 -4.65%
1997 125,176.00 -9.57%
1996 138,427.00 -9.00%
1995 152,110.00 -18.46%
1994 186,555.00 1.81%
1993 183,241.00 -0.26%
1992 183,723.00 7.49%
1991 170,916.00 10.44%
1990 154,761.00 14.00%
1989 135,752.00 16.59%
1988 116,434.00 11.06%
1987 104,843.00 6.18%
1986 98,743.00 7.10%
1985 92,194.00 -18.39%
1984 112,966.00 -6.60%
1983 120,947.00 12.41%
1982 107,591.00 11.59%
1981 96,415.00 4.03%
1980 92,679.00 60.03%
1979 57,913.00 85.06%
1978 31,295.00 5.95%
1977 29,537.00 7.85%
1976 27,387.00 67.51%
1975 16,349.00 43.29%
1974 11,410.00 -14.58%
1973 13,358.00 -36.19%
1972 20,933.00 21.73%
1971 17,196.00 -7.14%
1970 18,518.00 -3.93%
1969 19,275.00 7.38%
1968 17,950.00 79.66%
1967 9,991.00 -2.29%
1966 10,225.00 2.45%
1965 9,980.00 -1.95%
1964 10,178.00 -7.02%
1963 10,946.00 -10.88%
1962 12,282.00 -72.40%
1961 44,492.00 -8.51%
1960 48,629.00 -8.51%