Over the past fifty years, the people and government of Canada have excelled in providing humanitarian assistance to people fleeing from their homeland or displaced by conflicts. Since World War II, Canada has resettled thousands Convention refugees and persons in "refugee-like" situations. Canada Refugee Immigration ( refugee immigration Canada ) is basically an Immigration for refugees program.
Canada has chosen to protect persons for humanitarian reasons, to meet its international responsibilities, and to respond to international crises. In 1969, Canada signed both the 1951 Geneva Convention relating to the Status of Refugees and the 1967 Protocol.
The objective of Canada's Refugee and Humanitarian Resettlement Program is to uphold its humanitarian tradition in the resettlement of Convention refugees and persons in "refugee-like" situations.
The Resettlement program has three basic aims: Protection
- Meeting international responsibilities; and
- Provision of a durable solution.
In order to be eligible for resettlement from abroad as a refugee, one must be a member of one of the following classes:
- Convention Refugees Abroad, or
- Country of Asylum Class, or
- Source Country Class.
Convention Refugees Abroad Class
To qualify as a refugee under this class, you must:
- Have a well-founded fear of persecution for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group or political opinion,
- Be outside your country of nationality and unable or, by reason of that fear, unwilling to obtain the protection of your country,
- If you have no country of nationality, be outside your country of former habitual residence (home country) and unable or, by reason of that fear, unwilling to return to that country.