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> resettling more refugees than any other country in the world

> Since 2017, approximately 150,000 asylum seekers have claimed protection

This is pretty low number. Many countries took millions of refugees.

> Canada took in 28,100 of 92,400 refugees who were resettled in 25 countries last year


Do you have a source for many countries taking in millions?

I think this article is cherry picking here trying to make Canada look good compared to say the USA and other countries. ( im canadain btw ) I think it's easy to take in 28K refuges when the illegal load is very small in Canada, of something like 20K per year [1] Compare that to the USA that needs to deal with an illegal load of 20X that. [2] And for 2019 the USA load seems to be twice that of 2018. [3]

1. https://irb-cisr.gc.ca/en/statistics/Pages/Irregular-border-...

( and this is just the sw border, not accounting for flights ) 2. https://www.cbp.gov/newsroom/stats/sw-border-migration/fy-20...

3. https://www.cbp.gov/newsroom/stats/sw-border-migration

I am not the OP. When I read that sentence, I thought it meant total refugees settled, not just new 2018 refugee numbers. I would be very surprised if Canada is near the top in total resident refugees. A small country like Lebanon (population of less than 6 million, total area smaller than New York metropolitan area) has 1.5–2 million refugees residing in the country. By some estimates, more than a quarter of the population of Lebanon are refugees. No matter what indicator you choose (total, per capita, per square km, per $ GDP, ...), Lebanon would be far ahead in the number of refugees accepted.

Agreed; I'm sure there are many countries with far more total refugees. The annual trends do seem newsworthy to me though. If anything it illustrates how much the US annual number has dropped that it's now below Canada. Likewise European countries that were taking much larger numbers of refugees per year are no longer taking as many. Canada has increased its intake slightly under the Liberal government, as the article mentions, but the real change is the reduction by other countries.

"Taking" != "Resettling". European countries are still "taking" asylum seekers, but they don't "resettle" them: the asylum seekers show up in the country and request asylum. It's not a good idea to only look at resettlement and extrapolate from that to "total number of refugees admitted".

No sources, just anoctal evidence (I travel around middle east). Turkey, Lebanon, Saudi... 28k seems like very small number on global scale, tiny Lebanon has 1M.

I believe resettling is important here. Canada has little to none asylum seekers that cross the border and request asylum. Canada resettles asylum seekers that have been referred by organizations like the UN, were vetted and selected along a handful criteria (like wealth, education, language skills etc).

"Claimed protection" != "given permanent residency".

For example, although Sweden got praised for accepting lots of refugee applicants, more than half got repatriated in less than a year.

australia's yearly intake until recently for around a decade has been more than that.

The numbers from this website show much lower (not more than 20,000 in any given year since 1982). Where are you getting your data?


Note that there is a distinction between refugees (the third column) and total immigration (the second column). Even total immigration never tops 200,000 per year.

Too bad they ship refugees off to Nauru and Papua New Guinea where they live in "processing centres".


Too bad the refugees didn't apply for asylum in any number of stable countries they passed through first.

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