Refugees and asylum

Refugees and asylum


The Government of Canada works to protect the integrity of our border and the security of our country while providing refuge to people in need of our protection. There are specific requirements to be considered a refugee. When asylum seekers come to Canada and ask for protection, we apply our strict policies and procedures to each case. Find out more about the process. Canada offers refugee protection to some people in Canada who fear persecution or who would be in danger if they had to leave.

Some dangers they may face include:
  • Torture
  • A risk to their life
  • A risk of cruel and unusual treatment or punishment.

* Beware of misleading or false information about claiming refugee status or asylum in Canada. Claiming asylum is not a free ticket into Canada. If you cross the U.S. border into Canada outside of a port of entry, you are breaking the law and you could be putting yourself at risk.