Canada has a history of helping people in need that can be traced back to the 18th century. Canada allowed more than 12,000 refugees from around the world to resettle in Canada and more than 12,300 people were granted protection in Canada as refugees through the Asylum Program during the year 2010. Canada is also increasing the number of refugee resettlement each year.
The Asylum Program works to provide refugee protection to people in Canada who are at risk of torture, or cruel or unusual punishment in their home countries. However, people convicted of serious criminal offences and people who have had previous refugee claims denied by Canada are not eligible to apply under Asylum Program.
Internationally, the number of refugees has increased due to conflict and violent abuse of their human rights. We must continue to work to assist those whose lives and safety are threatened.
Honourable Beverley J. Oda, Minister of International Cooperation
Canada is doing more to help the refugees. The Government of Canada is increasing the total number of refugees resettled each year by 20 percent as part of the measures to reform Canada’s refugee protection system. Consequently, up to 500 more government-assisted refugees and 2,000 privately sponsored refugees will be able to find protection in Canada.
I also want to highlight the important role that private sponsors play in helping to bring refugees to Canada. In sponsoring refugees to begin a new life here in Canada, these sponsor groups help to ensure a better life of freedom and opportunity for individual refugees and, at the same time, they help to build stronger communities and fulfil the promise of Canada – the most welcoming nation in the world.
Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism
Immigration and Citizenship Canada (CIC) has released a video “Canada Reaches Out” on the International Refugee Day.[youtube]835u1uFS8iQ[/youtube]