Refugee Acceptance Rates and Designated Countries of Origin

The CBC has compiled and presented Canada’s refugee acceptancerate for all countries of origin from 2006-2009. The acceptance rate was calculated by dividing the number of refugee claimants accepted by the total number of cases that the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada finalized from 2006-2009.

From 2006-2009, refugee claimants from the following countries had the highest rate of acceptance (only countries with more than 10 finalized claimants have been posted):

Country

Claims Finalized

Accepted

Acceptance Rate

Eritrea

80

75

93.75

Dijbouti

38

35

92.11

Ethiopia

85

78

91.75

Uganda

29

26

89.66

Burundi

94

82

87.23

Afghanistan

159

136

85.53

Sri Lanka

405

345

81.19

Sudan

23

19

82.61

Rwanda

132

109

82.58

Zimbabwe

111

89

80.18

The information is interesting both for personal interest, but also for trying to ascertain which countries will likely be designated as safe countries under the Bill C-11 refugee reforms.

As previously discussed in this blog, Bill C-11 will introduce the concept of designated safe countries of origin into Canada’s refugee system. If a refugee claimant is from a designated country, then their claim will be affected in the following ways:

  • Their refugee hearing will occur within 60 days of an informational interview instead of 90; and
  • Any appeal will be heard within 30 days instead of 120.

According to Bill C-11, a country will be designated if:

  • the number of claims for refugee protection is equal to or greater than the number of claims specified in the regulations that will be developed later; and
  • the rate of acceptance by the RPD is equal to or lower than the rate set out in regulations.

The information provided by CBC sheds some light as to which countries will likely be designated according to the second criteria for determining whether a country is “safe”. According to the information provided by CBC, the following are some of the countries with extremely low rates of acceptance:

Country Claims Finalized Accepted Acceptance Rate
Croatia 12 0 0.00
France 27 0 0.00
Hong Kong 25 0 0.00
Portugal 21 0 0.00
Slovakia 87 0 0.00
Spain 11 0 0.00
Thailand 100 0 0.00
United States 526 2 0.38
Hungary 575 3 0.52
Czech Republic 664 12 1.81

Given that these countries all have acceptance rates of less than 2%, it is difficult to see why these countries wouldn’t be designated under the new system.

In any case, the information provided by CBC will be useful for future potential refugee claimants and their counsel to how much skepticism their claim is likely to be met with, and, in the future, whether the claimant will be subject to the designated country of origin rules.


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