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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 have arrived in Canada seeking refugee protection as refugee claimants each year.