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Canada Among Top Nations for Asylum Claims in 2023, UNHCR Reveals

In its 2023 Global Trends report, the UNHCR provided the latest statistics on refugees, asylum seekers, internally displaced people, and stateless individuals worldwide. 

The report indicated that by the end of 2023, approximately 117.3 million people globally were forcibly displaced. This represents an eight percent increase, or 8.8 million additional people, compared to the end of 2022. 

The report highlights the unprecedented scale of global displacement, emphasizing the urgent need for comprehensive and coordinated efforts to address the challenges faced by populations fleeing persecution, conflict, and human rights violations. 

With 146,800 asylum claims out of 3.6 million globally, Canada ranked fifth in the world for asylum claims.

UNHCR’s operational data suggest that forced displacement continued to rise in the first four months of 2024, likely surpassing 120 million by the end of April 2024. As global conflicts escalate, the report highlights Canada’s key role as a refuge for refugees and asylum-seekers.

In 2023, 72 percent of asylum-seekers in Canada who had their cases reviewed were granted refugee status. Canada’s humanitarian efforts include new funding to support housing for asylum claimants and special measures for individuals from Sudan, Ukraine, Gaza, and Haiti.

Although housing and support for asylum claimants are primarily the responsibility of provinces and municipalities, the federal government plays a crucial role in addressing the increase in asylum claimants. 

On January 31, 2024, the Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship announced an additional $362.4 million in funding for the Interim Housing Assistance Program (IHAP) for the 2023-2024 fiscal year. Through the IHAP, federal, provincial, and municipal governments share costs to alleviate housing pressures resulting from the rise in asylum claimants.

Canada’s tradition of protecting those in need continues, with the government dedicated to fulfilling its humanitarian commitments amid the increasing global displacement crisis.

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