Refugees and asylum

Apply for refugee status from within Canada, find out how to come to Canada as a refugee, sponsor a refugee or find refugee services in Canada.

Services and information

Irregular border crossings and asylum in Canada

Who can claim asylum, the asylum process and latest news

Sponsor a refugee

Who can sponsor refugees, forms, processing times and what to do after you apply

Claim refugee protection from inside Canada

Apply in Canada as a refugee if you fear persecution or if you are in danger if you return to your home country

Refugees from outside Canada

Who can be sponsored as a refugee, what to do after you apply and what to expect when you get to Canada

How Canada’s refugee system works

Learn about the two programs to help refugees claim protection from outside and inside Canada, how we help refugees and other newcomers settle and integrate

Helping Syrian refugees

Find out what Canada did to welcome Syrian refugees, read stories from the journey, see key figures, and learn how Canadians got involved

Appeal a refugee claim

Appeal process for refugees inside Canada and the role of the Refugee Appeal Division

Find services for refugees in Canada

Access health care, get help to adjust to Canada, financial help and refugee rights

Key figures on asylum claims

Asylum claimants processed by CBSA, IRCC and RCMP

Protect yourself from fraud

Stay safe from immigration fraud, such as marriage or document fraud, and email and Internet scams

What we are doing

Features

Learn about Canada’s role concerning LGBTQ2 refugees

Canada is recognized around the world for its leadership in offering a safe haven to people who need refugee protection. Find out what Canada is doing to help LGBTQ2 refugees.

Stories from former refugees

Watch inspirational stories from former refugees about coming to Canada.

Canada: A History of Refuge

Visit our online refugee exposition to learn more about refugees in Canada.

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