Refugee Protection Division

What is RPD?

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is an agency of the United Nations that is responsible for protecting refugees and finding durable solutions for their problems. The UNHCR’s Refugee Protection Division (RPD) is the division of the agency that is responsible for assessing the refugee status of individuals and determining whether they are eligible for international protection. The RPD is also responsible for providing legal assistance to refugees and helping them to find durable solutions to their problems, such as voluntary repatriation, integration in the country of asylum, or resettlement in a third country.

In Canada, the refugee protection system is administered by the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB). The IRB is an independent tribunal that makes decisions on immigration and refugee matters, including claims for refugee protection. The IRB has three divisions: the Refugee Protection Division (RPD), the Immigration Appeal Division (IAD), and the Immigration Division (ID).

What is RPD responsibility?

The main responsibility of the UNHCR’s Refugee Protection Division (RPD) is to determine whether individuals seeking asylum are eligible for international protection as refugees. To do this, the RPD conducts individual refugee status determination (RSD) procedures, which involve evaluating the evidence presented by the individual and making a decision on whether they meet the definition of a refugee as set out in the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees and its 1967 Protocol.

In addition to conducting RSD procedures, the RPD also has a number of other responsibilities, including:

  • Providing legal assistance to refugees and helping them to understand their rights and obligations.
  • Assisting refugees in finding durable solutions to their problems, such as voluntary repatriation, integration in the country of asylum, or resettlement in a third country.
  • Providing support to governments and other partners in the development and implementation of national asylum systems
  • Advocating for the rights and needs of refugees at the national and international level.
  • Promoting the protection of refugees and the prevention of refugee situations through various activities, including research, policy development, and awareness-raising initiatives.
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Loujin Khalil
Loujin Khalil

Founder, RCIC-IRB.
LMRT Immigration Services.

Loujin Khalil is a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC-IRB) and member of The College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants (CICC).

With expertise in asylum and refugee applications, he represents clients before the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB), covering the Refugee Protection Division, Refugee Appeal Division, Immigration Division, and Immigration Appeal Division.

Areas of Expertise:
• Refugee Claim Applications (complex cases involving multiple nationalities, criminality, and exclusion 1F, 1E issues).
• Business Immigration Programs (Entrepreneur streams, Start-Up Visa…etc.).
• Family, Spousal and parents’ sponsorship.
• Pre-Removal Risk Assessment (PRRA).

For expert immigration consultation in Montreal, contact Loujin Khalil:
Email: [email protected]
Tel:+14387006165

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