Recent trends

Detailed statistics on the intake and output of each of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada’s (IRB) four Divisions are posted in the main statistics section of our website, which is updated quarterly, approximately two to three months after the quarter ends. The additional data found below is published monthly, approximately two weeks following the end of each month. As a result of the increased speed at which the information below is shared, the data is higher-level, and subject to change.

Refugee protections claims (new system)

Please note that claims finalized in a given time period may have been referred to the Refugee Protection Division (RPD) in a previous time period. The following table includes all types of cases referred to the RPD on or after December 15, 2012 (new system). Also included are claims that have been returned to the RPD by either the Federal Court or the Refugee Appeal Division for re-determination, as well as other types of matters heard by the RPD (such as applications to reopen). Not included in the tables are applications to vacate or to cease refugee protection.

Understanding RPD (new system) claims charts

  • Referred: Claims received by the RPD.
  • Finalizations: Total of all claims accepted, rejected, abandoned, withdrawn & other. Claims finalized in the time period indicated may have been referred to the RPD in a previous time period.
  • Pending: All claims that have not yet been finalized.

Refugee protection claims (new system) by month

  Referred Finalizations Pending
2015 October 1,511 1,093 9,100
November 1,629 1,035 9,689
December 1,620 1,291 10,013
2016 January 1,740 1,033 10,715
February 1,753 1,268 11,192
March 1,741 1,141 11,787
April 1,577 1,370 11,991
May 1,495 1,317 12,165
June 1,643 1,399 12,405
July 1,696 1,263 12,837
August 1,996 1,320 13,509
September 2,446 1,501 14,451
October 2,394 1,295 15,546
November 2,490 1,530 16,500
December 2,376 1,323 17,549
2017 January 2,511 1,421 18,629
February 2,585 1,357 19,848
March 3,291 2,014 21,116
April 2,795 1,614 22,294
May 3,039 1,944 23,377
June 3,021 2,031 24,366
July 2,895 1,954 25,302
August 4,790 1,866 28,188
September 7,976 1,656 34,470
October 6,082 1,835 38,633

Refugee protection claims (legacy)

Please note that claims finalized in a given time period may have been referred in a previous time period. The following table includes all types of cases referred before December 15, 2012 (legacy). Also included are claims that have been returned by the Federal Court for re-determination, as well as other types of matters heard (such as applications to reopen). Not included in the tables are applications to vacate or to cease refugee protection.

Understanding legacy claims charts

  • Finalizations: Total of all claims accepted, rejected, abandoned, withdrawn & other. Claims finalized in the time period indicated may have been referred to the RPD in a previous time period.
  • Pending: All claims that have not yet been finalized.

Refugee protection claims (legacy) by month

  Finalizations Pending
2015 October 140 6,492
November 121 6,367
December 109 6,255
2016 January 65 6,188
February 105 6,082
March 149 5,933
April 98 5,834
May 43 5,790
June 27 5,761
July 23 5,736
August 31 5,705
September 35 5,668
October 37 5,629
November 27 5,602
December 39 5,563
2017 January 20 5,542
February 14 5,528
March 28 5,498
April 45 5,453
May 31 5,422
June 46 5,375
July 69 5,305
August 49 5,254
September 54 5,200
October 290 4,910

Refugee appeals

Please note that appeals finalized in a given time period may have been filed in a previous time period. The following table includes all intake: appeals by the claimant or by the Minister, and appeals that have been returned to the RAD from the Federal Court for re-determination.

Understanding RAD appeals charts

  • Filed: New appeals filed with the RAD.
  • Finalizations: All appeals finalized on merit or non-merit during the time period indicated. Appeals may have been filed in a previous time period.
  • Pending: All appeals that have not yet been finalized.

Refugee appeals by month

  Filed Finalizations Pending
2015 October 247 296 992
November 225 222 995
December 312 215 1,092
2016 January 245 208 1,129
February 301 233 1,197
March 278 265 1,210
April 270 253 1,227
May 348 268 1,308
June 412 269 1,451
July 281 210 1,522
August 296 268 1,549
September 301 261 1,589
October 345 222 1,712
November 391 239 1,864
December 348 271 1,941
2017 January 289 287 1,943
February 344 239 2,048
March 377 299 2,126
April 387 233 2,280
May 443 372 2,351
June 462 331 2,482
July 411 227 2,666
August 438 252 2,852
September 307 213 2,946
October 538 266 3,216

Immigration appeals

Please note that immigration appeals finalized in a given time period may have been filed in a previous time period. The following tables include all types of immigration appeals filed, including appeals that have been returned to the Immigration Appeal Division (IAD) by the Federal Court, as well as other types of matters heard by the IAD (such as applications to reopen and applications to reinstate).

Understanding immigration appeals charts

  • Filed: New appeals filed with the IAD.
  • Stayed: The IAD had made an order staying the removal order against the appellant.
  • Finalized: All immigration appeals finalized, including appeals allowed, dismissed, abandoned, and withdrawn. Does not include stayed appeals. Appeals finalized in a given time period may have been filed in a previous time period.
  • Pending-Stayed: Appeals that have not been finalized, where the IAD has made an order staying the removal order against the appellant.
  • Pending-Non-Stayed:Appeals that have not been finalized, where the IAD has not made an order staying the removal order against the appellant.

Immigration appeals by month

  Filed Stayed Finalizations Pending-Stayed Pending-Non-Stayed
2015 October 443 8 550 1,383 9,327
November 548 26 516 1,375 9,367
December 520 10 464 1,358 9,440
2016 January 413 2 538 1,341 9,332
February 349 21 579 1,326 9,117
March 429 13 517 1,294 9,061
April 465 29 574 1,250 8,996
May 498 22 523 1,228 8,993
June 611 29 599 1,199 9,034
July 514 18 459 1,176 9,112
August 567 16 522 1,152 9,181
September 395 40 448 1,134 9,146
October 479 16 482 1,120 9,157
November 491 41 596 1,088 9,084
December 533 21 519 1,058 9,128
2017 January 456 21 483 1,039 9,120
February 586 25 539 1,011 9,195
March 693 19 590 986 9,323
April 529 23 494 963 9,381
May 476 19 549 934 9,337
June 432 25 536 909 9,258
July 373 16 531 895 9,114
August 322 20 611 870 8,850
September 289 30 472 845 8,696
October 398 22 530 832 8,543