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Additions to list of Designated Countries of Origin announced

October 10, 2014 — Ottawa —Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander today announced that Andorra, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Romania and San Marino will be added to Canada’s list of Designated Countries of Origin (DCOs), effective October 10, 2014.

Canada’s DCO policy helps deter abuse of our generous refugee system by people who come from countries that respect human rights, offer state protection and do not normally produce refugees. The government’s suite of recent immigration reforms ensures that those who genuinely need Canada’s protection get it faster, while those with unfounded asylum claims are sent home more quickly through expedited processing.

Quick facts

  • With these latest additions, 42 countries now appear on Canada’s DCO list.
  • Asylum claims from DCO countries have dropped by 88 percent over the previous three years.
  • With the new asylum system in place, it now takes, on average, three-and-a-half months for the Immigration and Refugee Board to hear a refugee claim, compared to approximately 20 months before the reforms.


“Canadians can be proud of the fact that Canada has one of the most generous refugee systems in the world. Thanks to our government’s reforms to Canada’s asylum system, we are providing protection quickly to those who are truly in need while protecting our system from abuse. We will continue to welcome legitimate trade and travel with our European partners.”

“DCO designation is reserved for those countries that respect and protect the rights of their citizens. By expediting the processing of DCO claimants, we are ensuring that genuine refugees get protection faster, while those with unfounded claims are sent home more quickly.”

Chris Alexander, Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister

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