Canadians are proud of their history of assisting those in need, especially those people who are at serious risk of being victims of violence directed at them because of something they cannot control, such as their race, gender, ancestry, sexual orientation, and nationality; or should not be expected to change, such as their religion and/or political opinion.

Canada also assists in the resettling of those who have been seriously affected by natural disasters, some of whom might be resettled in Canada. Many of these efforts are accomplished by working through international agencies such as the United Nations and by supporting non-governmental relief organizations.

Canada also assists many people who may suffer undue, undeserved or disproportionate hardship such as being separated from close dependent Canadian family members.

There is no precise definition of what constitutes a compelling humanitarian consideration and so the outcome of such cases can be uncertain.

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