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The Refugee Process in Canada

Recently, the refugee crisis in Syria has dominated the news. Millions of people have been displaced and are fleeing in search of refuge and safety. Under federal law in Canada, individuals who fear a risk of persecution, a risk to life or a risk of cruel and unusual punishment may qualify for refugee protection in Canada.

Who Is Eligible for Refugee Status?

Determining eligibility is a complicated process. To improve your chances of qualifying for refugee status, it is important to work with an experienced immigration lawyer. The specific process you must follow depends on whether you are applying for refugee status from inside or outside Canada. You can also apply at a Canadian embassy located in a foreign country.

Depending on the circumstances of your case, you may be classified as either a “convention refugee” or a “person in need of protection.” Convention refugees are individuals who have a well-founded fear of persecution based on race, religion, political affiliation, nationality, or membership in a social group. Persons in need of protection are defined as people unable to live in their home countries due to a fear of a risk of torture, death, or cruel and unusual punishment.

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