Refugee & Political Asylum Program

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The Canadian government commits to family reunification by facilitating family sponsors

Refugees are people who have fled their countries because of a well-founded fear of persecution, and who are therefore unable to return home. Many refugees come from war-torn countries and have seen or experienced unthinkable horrors. A refugee is different from an immigrant, in that an immigrant is a person who chooses to settle permanently in another country. Refugees are forced to flee.


The Canadian refugee system has two main parts:

  • The Refugee and Humanitarian Resettlement Program, for people seeking protection from outside Canada; and
  • The In-Canada Asylum Program for people making refugee protection claims from within Canada.