Refugee figures at a glance
As of 2017, around the world there are 71.44 million persons of concern according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) statistics. 19.94 million of persons of concern are categorized as Refugees. Most of these refugees are in Asian and in Africa.
Refugees live in widely varying conditions, from well-established camps and collective centres to makeshift shelters or living in the open. More than half of refugees live in urban areas. There are three possible solutions: repatriation, location integration, or resettlement.
Why do refugees leave their countries?
Refugees are people who are not safe in their own countries and who are seeking protection. They have a well-founded fear of being persecuted because of their race, religion, nationality, political beliefs, sexual orientation, gender identity, and membership in certain society or group.
Why does Canada accept refugees?
Resettling refugees is a proud and important part of Canada's humanitarian tradition. It reflects our commitment to Canadians and demonstrates to the world that we have a shared responsibility to help people who are displaced and persecuted.
Daily horrors and devastation at an unimaginable scale makes Syria the largest humanitarian emergency of our era. In its fifth year of brutal and bitter war, Syria is in ruins. Its people are on the run from a nightmare that seems to have no end. Millions of internally displaced people (IDPs) are trapped inside Syria, experiencing dire conditions. Millions of other Syrian refugees have overwhelmed neighbouring countries including Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt—their numbers and needs intensify daily. To learn more about refugees, visit UNHCR
Syrian refugees have arrived in Canada since November 4, 2015. As of January 29, 2017, Canada welcomed 40,081 Syrian Refugees. There are more than 350 welcoming communities nationwide.
How does CANN help?
Each year, CANN provides services to approximately 1300-1500 government- assisted and privately-sponsored refugees arriving at YVR. These refugee clients are provided with special assistance and services based on their individual needs and requirements. The following are some special services CANN provides under the Resettlement Assistance Program (RAP):
- Welcoming RAP clients at the arrival gate and escorting them to landing room.
- Conducting preliminary health and needs assessment and taking appropriate actions
- Providing orientation, information, and referrals and assisting with document preparation for CBSA processing
- Providing meals and winter clothing items to government-assisted refugees
- Providing other special and emergency items as needed
- Assisting with baggage claim and escorting to ground transportation
- Arranging ground transportation (taxi, chartered bus) to the Welcome House for government-assisted refugees
- Coordinating reception of privately-sponsored refugees by their sponsors at YVR
- Assisting with check-in procedures for clients with connecting flight
- Providing meals and overnight accommodation for clients with next-day connection
As of 2017, around the world there are 71.44 million persons of concern according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) statistics. 19.94 million of persons of concern are categorized as Refugees. Most of these refugees are in Asian and Africa.
Images of CANN services provided to new immigrants, including government-assisted and privately-sponsored refugees, at Vancouver International Airport.
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