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Humanitarian immigration in Québec

Québec fully supports the principle of international solidarity and the objectives of the conventions governing the protection of refugees. Humanitarian immigration occupies a particularly important place in Québec.

Refugees selected abroad are admitted to Québec, some after many years in a refugee camp, others because they were persecuted in their own country. When they arrive, they are either assisted by the government, in partnership with non-governmental organizations, or welcomed by a group of two to five people or a non-profit organization that has undertaken to sponsor them.

Québec also represents a welcoming haven for thousands of people who are granted refugee status after seeking asylum in Canada. While waiting for a response from the Canadian authorities, these people have access to temporary support measures, including housing, francization, legal aid, last-resort financial assistance, preschool education and elementary and secondary schooling for children and youth.

Québec demonstrates its commitment to those granted asylum by giving them access to a wide range of services before they obtain permanent resident status, thereby helping ease their integration into Québec society.

Exceptionally and temporarily, in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Québec government is recognizing the significant contribution of asylum seekers to the healthcare system and has introduced the Special Program for Asylum Seekers during the COVID-19 Period to allow them to permanently settle in Québec.

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

In association with the international community, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) promotes three sustainable solutions for refugees:

  • Voluntary repatriation to the country of origin
  • Local integration in a host country
  • Resettlement in a third country


Resettlement in a third country plays a crucial role in the international protection system. By participating in the system, Quebecers share in this responsibility.

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