Serisha Iyar

Serisha is a recent graduate of McGill University where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a minor in World Religions. Some of her interests include; public policy; political engagement; equity, diversity and inclusion, as well as immigration and human rights law. As the child of refugees, Serisha has been a lifelong activist. She has been actively involved in refugee rights advocacy since her selection as a 2017-18 UofMosaic Fellow with The Mosaic Institute and furthered this interest while serving as an executive on several student-led advocacy groups. Before joining CPJ in Ottawa, Serisha spent most of her time rotating between Montréal and Toronto.

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Refugees shouldn’t have to pay to get to Canada

Refugees resettled in Canada are expected to cover the costs associated with transportation to their new home. To help them afford this, the federal government’s Immigration Loans Program provides the funds upfront, and then collects repayment over time once refugees have arrived in Canada.

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#Waive Repayment

Call on your MP to #waiverepayment for all resettled refugees in Canada!

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The Most Vulnerable

“The Most Vulnerable” examines how the federal Government, Churches, and Advocacy Groups can apply an intersectional approach to their respective areas of policy making and advocacy efforts.

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Christians are Called to Advocate for “The Most Vulnerable”

The Church has long been a defender of those who we consider to be the most vulnerable members of society.

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Book Review: All Our Relations – Finding the Path Forward

Acclaimed author of Seven Fallen Feathers, Tanya Talaga’s newest work, All Our Relations: Finding the Path Forward is a product of the CBC’s Massey Lectures Series.

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Christians Must Rise Up Against Islamophobia

It is imperative that we uphold the right to migration and advocate for the rights of refugees in the face of this radicalism. These events will not deter us from welcoming those who seek safety at our borders and embracing those who are in need of a new home.

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There is no “loophole” for refugees

Tune into Question Period in the House of Commons and you will periodically hear the words “close the loophole” being thrown around in heated debates concerning refugee claimants. It is a catchphrase used by some Members of Parliament to describe the changes they wish to see in the Canada-U.S. Safe Third Country Agreement (STCA). Its usage has become increasingly popular in the House and has yielded headlines across the country. Yet, it remains unclear what supporters of the loophole narrative are trying to propose.

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The Christmas Story: Displacement and Migration

Believers are called to not simply welcome refugees, but to love them as God does; to defend, shelter, clothe and feed them.

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On International #MigrantsDay, let’s keep welcoming refugees

This Dec. 18 we acknowledge International Migrants Day and reaffirm CPJ’s commitment to standing up for the rights of refugees.

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Global Compact for Migration Consistent with Canadian Values

On Dec. 10 and 11, Marrakech, Morocco was host to the Intergovernmental Conference on the Global Compact for Migration, where the majority of United Nations Member States adopted the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration. The Compact outlines a set of 23 objectives to promote international cooperation on global migration.

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Irregular vs. Illegal Language Matters

Irregular vs. Illegal – Why Language Matters

The ‘immigrant story’ has long been the basis on which Canadians unite to embrace multiculturalism. This narrative presents the idea that families from across the world seek out the True North with hopes of a better future for themselves and their children, a future that is contingent on reaching safety. Yet, the means through which this story of migration becomes fulfilled is often forgotten.

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Gender-Based Analysis should prioritize marginalized voices

In order to showcase the true value of GBA+ it must be applied throughout the policy development cycle, not as a post-analysis of what could have been done better.

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