The report shows that over 18,000 refugees became Canadian citizens last year.
Canada placed ninth in the world for asylum seekers with 55,400 claims filed in 2018.
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UNHCR Canada’s senior resettlement officer Michael Casasola says Canada has been a leader on welcoming refugees, but worries that asylum seekers may become a punching bag issue during this fall’s federal election.
Overall, the number of people fleeing war, persecution and conflict worldwide ballooned to over 70 million — the highest level since the Second World War.
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