PERSECUTION BY THE NUMBERS
The Top 10 countries of persecution by number of refugee claimants to Canada in 2016:
1. Nigeria 1,565 2. China 1,330 3. Pakistan 1,165 4. Turkey 1,106 5. Iraq 1,061 6. Syria 969 7. Hungary 957 8. Colombia 821 9. Eritrea 748 10. Somalia 719
Some of the surprising numbers from 2016:
There were three people claiming they faced persecution in Finland, one from Australia, one from Denmark, two from the Netherlands and two from Switzerland.
There were more people claiming they faced persecution in Sweden (nine) or Norway (eight) — two of the world’s safest and most socially progressive countries — than from war-torn South Sudan (seven).
There were 128 people claiming they faced persecution in the U.S. At least two of them have been accepted as refugees in Canada. SOURCE: IMMIGRATION AND REFUGEE BOARD OF CANADA