UN Photo: Olivia Grey Pritchard
Canada resettled 10,804 refugees, like these in Sudan, from overseas last year. The Immigration and
Refugee Board, meanwhile, accepted 7,554 claims made inside the country, and rejected 6,800. More
than 54,000 cases were pending at the end of 2008.
Faith-based and community refugee advocates say Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney is pitting overseas asylum seekers against those already in Canada, and focusing too much on where their claims are made rather than on their validity.