Frequently asked questions about refugee status in Canada.
- Members of minority religious groups or ethnic minorities who fear persecution from the general population or non-governmental organizations where the police are unable or unwilling to protect them.
- Members of an opposition political party who fear retribution because of their political opinion or their refusal to support the government.
- People who are persecuted by a powerful criminal gang or mafia such as drug traffickers.
- Homosexuals who are persecuted simply because of their sexual orientation.
- Women who fear beatings from their husbands, violence or other serious forms of punishment from other family members.
- Women who refuse to conform to expectations such as arranged marriages, dress code and genital mutilation. In fact Canada is a world leader in recognizing gender-based persecution and has issued guidelines to ensure that these claims are dealt with in a fair and sensitive manner.
In all the above cases refugees must explain what persecution they fear and why they cannot receive protection from their government.