Canada was the No. 1 favourite country for refugee resettlement. According to Gallup polls, more than 75 percent of adult Africans interviewed would like to settle in Canada.
Every year, more than 100,000 people are admitted as refugees into Canada. With the current government sentiments towards humanitarian efforts, this number is expected to grow every year.
There are two ways to claim refugee status in Canada. You can make a claim within Canada or outside Canada. Those who are living in their own country cannot claim asylum unless they leave their country and have a well-founded fear of persecution.
“Refugee Country Shopping”, i.e. persons who have been accepted as a refugee in one country cannot reapply for asylum in Canada.
Canadian Immigration Laws provide the flexibility to grant permanent residence status to foreign nationals who would otherwise not qualify in any class, in cases in which there are compelling Humanitarian & Compassionate grounds (H&C).
Factors considered during the process include, but are not limited to:
● ties to Canada
● best interests of children who would be adversely affected by a negative decision
● adverse conditions in the person’s country of origin
● health considerations, including whether the person’s country of origin is unable to provide appropriate medical treatment
● family separation
● whether a person has been unable to leave Canada due to conditions in their home country
● other unique or exceptional circumstances