UN – Canada lags in Accepting Refugees

Nicholas Keung fro the Toronto Star, in an article published on Friday March 28, 2015 points to a report from UNHCR that Canada has remained at the bottom of the world’s top 15 refugee receiving countries. It shows that there has been a 45% increase in the number of asylum seekers from 2013, and that Syrians are the largest group with Iraqis second.

The article further points out that in 2014 Canada received 13,500 asylum claimants which is about one third more than the previous year.. The comparison is made between Canada and Sweden which has only 9.6 million people and admitted 75,100 refugees last year. Canada was around fifth highest in the ranking five years ago and is now fifteenth. This may be the result of reforms of law and asylum policies and the introduction of visa requirements for some nationalities.

You can read the full report by clicking here.

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