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How many refugee claimants arrive in Canada?

Globally in 2020, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported 82.4 million people forcibly displaced. Just over 4 million of these are refugee claimants (asylum seekers), people outside their home countries on a journey toward safety and protection.

Since 2011, an average of 30,000 people arrived in Canada seeking refugee protection as refugee claimants each year. The most arrived in 2019 (64,045) and the fewest in 2013 (10,365). The COVID-19 global pandemic (2020-2021) severely limited movement for those seeking safety.