Refugee Protection in Canada
Refugees are the persons who have been forced to leave their home country and can not return back for the fear of persecution or death. Canada, as an international leader and advocate for humanitarian help and human rights activist, offers a strong refugee protection policy and a reliable support system.
Canadian refugee protection programs
The Canadian refugee system has two main parts:
- the Refugee and Humanitarian Resettlement Program, for people who need protection and, are located from outside Canada (often in resettlement, or refugee camps). The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), as well as with private sponsors, and human rights advocacy groups, that become Sponsorship Agreement Holders, or private community sponsors may appoint individuals for this program
- the In-Canada Asylum Program for those who have crossed the border and are claiming refugee status within the territory of Canada
A person may claim protection as a refugee if he or she is:
- Human rights activist persecuted by the state
- A union leader or student rights activist facing threats and not protected by the government
- A gay man, lesbian, or transsexual facing violence and persecution
- A member of a religion persecuted by the government
- A member of an ethnic group facing persecution by the government
- An educator in a country where intellectuals are persecuted
- A woman facing domestic violence endorsed by the regime
- A person accused of the opposing the government regime
- A child of the imprisoned political leader
- A witness of a mass massacre by the government military forces
In Canada Refugee claimants enjoy certain rights and may have access to Canadian services while the case for refugee protection is being considered by Immigration Canada. The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms protects all people in Canada irrespective of status. Refugee status claimants may also apply for a work or study permit. The children of refugee status claimants are eligible to attend public schools.
We at Green Light Canada understand the hardships that people claiming refugee status have experienced, as well as their challenges in communication and obtaining evidence supporting their claims, and with our years of expertise in supporting human rights have shown a high success rate defending refugees.