The data on this webpage was pulled together for the CBC News feature, Where Canada's refugees come from: by the numbers. Below are these tables and graphs:

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  1. Refugee arrivals, Canada, 2005-2014
  2. Refugees landed in Canada, plus dependants, 2004-2013
  3. Refugees admitted to Canada, 2014
  4. Government-assisted and privately sponsored refugees, Canada, 2014
  5. Refugee claims accepted by the IRB, 1989-2015
  6. IRB refugee status determinations, 1989-2015
  7. Refugee status determinations by the IRB, Jan.-June 2015
  8. Top 5 countries, IRB refugee status determinations, 2010-2015


1.

Source: Citizenship and Immigration Canada


2.

Source: UNHCR


3. 
Refugees admitted to Canada, 2014, Top 25 countries

(Numbers are approximations due to rounding by CIC.)


4. Government-assisted and privately sponsored refugees, top 10 countries, 2014 

Country Government-assisted refugees Country Privately sponsored refugees
Iraq 2,170     Eritrea 1,150
Iran 1,020 Syria 700
Congo 945 Somalia 590
Somalia 460 Iraq 580
Eritrea 435 Afghanistan  525
Syria 385 Ethiopia 415
Bhutan 350 Congo 115
Burma 305 Pakistan 75
Burundi 225 Stateless 70
Colombia 175 Sudan 45
Top 10 total  6,470 4,265
Total 7,575 4,560

(Numbers were rounded by CIC.)

Source: Citizenship and Immigration Canada


5. Refugee claims accepted by the IRB, per cent of finalizations, 1989-2015

Source: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada


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Source: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada


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Source: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada


8. IRB acceptances, top 10 countries, 2010-15

Number of refugees accepted
2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 Jan-June
Haiti 2,490 Haiti 1,440 China 626 Pakistan 690 China 907 China 414
Colombia 1,266 Mexico 1,042 Colombia 482 China 535 Pakistan 858 Pakistan 383
China 881 China 957 Haiti 571 Syria 440 Syria 678 Hungary 347
Mexico 653 Nigeria 840 Hungary 448 Hungary 406 Colombia 409 Iraq 299
Nigeria 593 Somalia 646 Mexico 568 Colombia 386 Afghanistan 395 Syria 261
Sri Lanka 513 Colombia 639 Nigeria 521 Sri Lanka 286 Hungary 339 Nigeria 194
Afghanistan 412 Pakistan 433 Pakistan 500 Afghanistan 275 Nigeria 331 Afghanistan 185
Somalia 382 Afghanistan 392 St. Vincent 308 Egypt 247 Iraq 324 Colombia 146
Iran 270 Iran 329 Somalia 354 Iran 227 Egypt 297 Eritrea 142
Pakistan 255 St. Vincent 288 Sri Lanka 371 Haiti 216 Iran 255 Libya 140

Source: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada

The IRB receives claims from the Canada Border Services Agency or Citizenship and Immigration Canada for people seeking refugee protection from within Canada. According to CIC, claims may not be eligible for referral to the IRB if that person:

  • Has been recognized as a Geneva Convention refugee by another country to which they can return;
  • Has already been granted protected person status in Canada;
  • Arrived via the Canada-United States border;
  • Is not admissible to Canada on security grounds or because of criminal activity or human rights violations;
  • Has been convicted of a serious crime;
  • Has made a previous refugee claim that was found to be ineligible for referral to the IRB;
  • Has made a previous refugee claim that was rejected by the IRB
  • Abandoned or withdrew a previous refugee claim.