Canada Refugee Statistics 1960-2022

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 2021 was 130,125.00, a 19.15% increase from 2020.
  • Canada refugee statistics for 2020 was 109,214.00, a 7.33% increase from 2019.
  • 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.
Data Source: World Bank

MLA Citation:
Similar Country Ranking
Country Name Refugees Granted Asylum
Germany 1,255,694.00
France 499,914.00
United States 339,179.00
Sweden 240,854.00
Austria 152,514.00
Italy 144,862.00
United Kingdom 137,078.00
Canada 130,125.00
Spain 122,539.00
Greece 119,650.00
Switzerland 118,829.00
Netherlands 99,585.00
Belgium 74,063.00
Australia 55,606.00
Norway 46,042.00
Denmark 36,023.00
Finland 24,078.00
Cyprus 16,277.00
Ireland 9,571.00
Malta 9,335.00
Luxembourg 6,011.00
Hungary 5,676.00
Poland 4,875.00
Argentina 4,050.00
Trinidad and Tobago 3,571.00
South Korea 3,559.00
Portugal 2,651.00
Panama 2,542.00
Chile 2,065.00
Czech Republic 1,909.00
Lithuania 1,880.00
Iceland 1,830.00
New Zealand 1,794.00
UAE 1,355.00
Israel 1,191.00
Japan 1,132.00
Slovak Republic 1,046.00
Croatia 1,020.00
Uruguay 877.00
Slovenia 839.00
Kuwait 720.00
Latvia 705.00
Saudi Arabia 333.00
Estonia 321.00
Oman 295.00
Hong Kong 271.00
Bahrain 256.00
Qatar 197.00
Liechtenstein 133.00
Cayman Islands 57.00
Monaco 17.00
Bahamas 10.00
Turks and Caicos Islands 7.00
Canada Refugee Statistics - Historical Data
Year Refugees Granted Asylum Annual % Change
2021 130,125.00 19.15%
2020 109,214.00 7.33%
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%