Demographic Characteristics of Refugees to Canada from 2015-2018
Researchers: Lori Wilkinson
Affiliation: University of Winnipeg
Keywords: refugees, Canada, 2015 to 2018, admission category, GARs, PSRs, BVORs, age at immigration, gender
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This project uses the IRCC’s Open data portal and IOM’s Global Migration portal to examine the demographic characteristics – age at arrival, admission category, and gender – of refugees to Canada in 2017 and 2018.
Refugees in Canada are admitted under four main categories: Government Assisted Refugees (GARS), Privately Sponsored Refugees (PSRs), Blended Visa Office-Referred Program (BVOR) and Refugee Claimants. GARs are refugees from the Convention Refugees Abroad class who are supported by the government of Canada or the government of Quebec. PSRs are refugees who are sponsored by a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or group. BVORs are refugees who are referred to Canadian visa offices abroad directly by UNHCR to match identified refugees with private sponsors in Canada. Refugee claimants are asylum seekers who are admitted to Canada because removal to their home country would subject them to the possibly of torture, risk of life, or risk of unusual treatment. This study looks at three of the four major admission categories: GARs, PSRs, and BVORs.
Age at Immigration
Gender of Refugees
Figure 1.1: Admission of Resettled Refugees by Admission Category and Age, Canada, January 2015 – March 2018
Figure 2.1: Admission of Resettled Refugees by Admission Category and Gender, Canada, January 2015 – March 2018
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