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Refugee pathways

Photo: Joel Krahn

How do people needing protection get to Canada?

Everyone has the right to asylum. Canada welcomes the world’s refugees via two pathways:

  1. the unmarked pathway used by refugee claimants (asylum seekers), who travel on their own initiative and ask for protection on arrival, and
  2. the marked pathway for resettled refugees, who are brought to Canada with the help of Canadians and the Canadian government through the Privately Sponsored Refugee (PSR) and the Government Assisted Refugee (GAR) programs, respectively.

Kinbrace’s mandate focuses on people who arrive on the unmarked pathway and seek refugee protection in Canada on arrival.

Infographic showing refugee pathways into Canada