Refugees admitted to Canada in 2016, hit record number since 1978


Only in one single fiscal year, Canada has admitted the largest number of refugees in nearly four decades. This news was made public from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

The admitted immigrants in 2016 are around 46,700. This number marks a big event and hits a new record in Canada since 1978! This was the year when the Immigration Act came first into effect. This record number includes both privately-and government-sponsored refugees.

According to the UNHCR, these are the top five countries of origin of the refugees in 2016:

  • Syria: 33,266
  • Eritrea: 3,934
  • Iraq: 1,650
  • Congo: 1,644
  • Afghanistan: 1,354

Canada is second in the list of countries with the largest number of admitted refugees in the previous year. USA was the first admitting 84,995 refugees in 2016.

According to UNHCR, currently speaking, there are around 21 million forcibly displaced people worldwide, and also 1,190,000 refugees in need of resettlement this year. In a news release, Ahmed Hussen, Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Ahmed Hussen, said that Ottawa is “proud” to dedicate its work to the global refugee agency.

He added: “Canada hopes to increase global refugee resettlement and support ‎civil society and other jurisdictions to expand resettlement along with developing other solutions for the world’s most vulnerable.”

He strongly believes that the majority of refugees are able to find decent jobs and develop a strong connection to Canada over the years. Especially the children which are the category that integrates more quickly.

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