Canada: Refugee population

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 Canada

Refugee population

 Latest value 140,621
 Year 2022
 Measure refugees
 Data availability 1960 - 2022
 Average 99,522
 Min - Max 9,980 - 186,555
 Source United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
For that indicator, we provide data for Canada from 1960 to 2022. The average value for Canada during that period was 99522 refugees with a minimum of 9980 refugees in 1965 and a maximum of 186555 refugees in 1994. The latest value from 2022 is 140621 refugees. For comparison, the world average in 2022 based on 158 countries is 221467 refugees. See the global rankings for that indicator or use the country comparator to compare trends over time.
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Recent values chart
Canada - Refugee population - Recent values chart

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Canada - Refugee population - historical chart - 1960-2022




Definition: Refugees are people who are recognized as refugees under the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees or its 1967 Protocol, the 1969 Organization of African Unity Convention Governing the Specific Aspects of Refugee Problems in Africa, people recognized as refugees in accordance with the UNHCR statute, people granted refugee-like humanitarian status, and people provided temporary protection. Asylum seekers--people who have applied for asylum or refugee status and who have not yet received a decision or who are registered as asylum seekers--are excluded. Palestinian refugees are people (and their descendants) whose residence was Palestine between June 1946 and May 1948 and who lost their homes and means of livelihood as a result of the 1948 Arab-Israeli conflict. Country of asylum is the country where an asylum claim was filed and granted.


 Related indicators Latest value Reference Measure
 Population size 38.93 2022 million
 Percent urban population 81.75 2022 percent
 Population density 4 2021 people per square km
 Population ages 65 and above 19.03 2022 percent
 Percent children 15.58 2022 percent
 Percent female population 50.30 2022 percent
 Rural population, percent 18.25 2022 percent
 Age dependency ratio 52.93 2022 percent
 Refugee population 140,621 2022 refugees
 Migrant population 22 2015 percent
 Population growth 1.82 2022 percent
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