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Refugees come to Canada to escape gender persecution

More than 15 per cent of female refugees who came to Canada in the past five years did so to escape gender persecution, according to a CBC News investigation. Gender persecution is the most common reason women seek refuge in Canada, ahead of religious, ethnic or political persecution. Gender persecution includes practices such as forced marriage and female genital mutilation, as well as domestic abuse which accounted for half of the claims in the data obtained by CBC
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