In 2016 alone, Canada allowed 46,700 refugees into the country, the largest number since 1980 when over 40,000 Indochinese refugees resettled in Canada. This event followed the Immigration Act, which was enacted in Canada in 1978. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Jean-Nicolas Beuze, explained that Canada ranked #2 in 2016 for refugee resettlement, and the United States ranked at the top with 84,995 resettled refugees.

Beuze also showed concern for the number of people still displaced, “The global need remains huge.” Canadian Visa Expert, a private immigration service, reports, “We have seen a great increase in the number of refugees moving to Canada.” At this time, there are still nearly 21 million people who have been forcibly displaced throughout the world, and over one million refugees in need of homes this year.