Refugees are people who have fled war, violence, conflict or persecution and have crossed an international border to find safety in another country. A refugee is a person outside his or her country of nationality who is unable or unwilling to return to his or her country of nationality because of a well-founded fear of persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion.
Foreign nationals, who fear persecution, who are at risk of harm and who cannot get protection in their own country often seek refuge in Canada.
In general, you can make a claim for refugee protection when you arrive in Canada at any port of entry (airport, seaport, land border), by completing an eligibility interview with an officer from the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), completing the package, and providing fingerprints and a photograph.
- If you have been convicted of serious criminal offences
- Previous refugee claims have been rejected by Canada