Canada's Refugee Acceptance Rate Peaked In Four Years

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Toronto Star


Canada’s refugee acceptance rate shot up drastically last year with two out of three claims granted asylum, according to latest data from the Immigration and Refugee Board.

In total, adjudicators rendered 5,414 positive decisions and rejected 2,732 claims out of 9,171 decisions made. The rest were either abandoned or withdrawn by the claimants.

The 2016 refugee acceptance rate, at 66.1 per cent, is the highest since the revamp of the asylum processing system by the former Conservative government in 2012. It surpassed the rates in the previous years — 38.1 per cent in 2013, 38.8 in 2014 and 45.5 per cent in 2015.