Refugees are the people who fear for their lives or safety in their country of origin, where homeland authorities are unable or unwilling to provide the proper security. The Canadian government has been providing humanitarian aid to asylum seekers and refugees for a long time. Refugee status can be given to refugees moving into Canada, and those currently in Canada as well. Qualified refugees may register for permanent status in Canada.
The officers who deal with applications for refugees in Canada are making decisions on claims for refugee status. IRB is an independent board that makes recommendations on immigration and refugee issues. The Immigration Board agrees on what is a Convention refugee and who is a citizen that needs protection.