UNHCR: Canada naturalizes more refugees than any country in the world (really?)
Posted by Ann Corcoran on June 22, 2016
More than the US? That is what The Star (Toronto) is reporting.
I started to wade through the report released by the UNHCR this week for World Refugee Day, but lost patience when I couldn’t quickly find the information on the numbers becoming citizens in their new countries. I find The Star‘s assertion hard to believe because the US takes in far more refugees each year than does Canada.
But, if true, knock yourself out Canada! You will go down faster than Germany or Sweden!
From The Star:
And the number of those who eventually receive citizenship in their new countries is vanishingly [vanishingly?—ed] small: More refugees became citizens of Canada than any other country last year, with 25,900 granted citizenship, but that represents the vast majority of a relatively tiny number of naturalizations recorded worldwide, the agency reported.
The sobering statistics were contained in the agency’s annual global trends report, released Monday to mark World Refugee Day.
Canada has consistently been among the lead nations in resettling refugees, with the Liberals’ Syrian program helping raise those numbers in 2015.
Approximately 32,000 refugees were granted citizenship worldwide last year, the agency reported. No other nation came close to Canada’s naturalization totals, though there are many gaps in the data as destination countries do not always distinguish when citizenship is granted to a refugee versus a non-refugee.
This fall, Canada will co-chair a special summit on the refugee crisis in New York.
If any of you have more patience than I and find the stats in the report, let me know!
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