Facts about refugess in Canada and around the world

11.4 million

Estimated number of refugees worldwide.


13.7 million

Number of internally displaced persons.


50 percent

Nearly half of all refugees are Afghans or Iraqis. 



Is the number of options refugees have after their homeland is struck with natural disasters or war: 1. death by privation, assault or genocide 2. life in exile.


1,000 days

Children who do not receive proper nutrition within the initial days of their lives suffer permanent physical and often irreparable mental damage.



Number of international and local Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) who strive to provide food for refugees around the world. 



The year the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that all refugee claimants in Canada deserve the same standard of justice as all Canadian citizens.



The year Canada introduced the Immigration and Refugee Board in response to the Supreme Court’s 1985 ruling.



The total number of countries that have ratified the UN 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees.



The year that marked the 50th anniversary of the 1951 Convention on the Status of Refugees.


Source: United Nations, (Global Issues): Refugee Overview; The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) report.