According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Canada had the largest number of refugees in about forty years arrive in 2016. During 2016, nearly 47,000 refugees were resettled in Canada.
According to Canadian Visa Expert, this has been a record year for the country since 1978, when the Immigration Act went into effect.
The top 5 countries of origin for refugees moving to Canada in 2016 were:
Afghanistan (1,354), Iraq (1,650), Syria (33,266), Congo (1,644), and Eritrea (3,934). Previously, 40,271 immigrants were accepted into Canada in 1980 due to the resettlement of Indochinese refugees, according to UNHCR.