Travel Loan Stories

CPJ interviewed refugees who wished to share stories of how the burden of loans has affected their resettlement in Canada. Hear what they have to say by reading the #WaiveRepayment infographics below:

It’s time to #WaiveRepayment for ALL refugees! Here’s how you can take action:

  • Join the conversation by sharing stories of repayment struggles and/or your thoughts and opinions on social media with #WaiveRepayment.
  • Tweet at Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen (@HonAhmedHussen) why you believe refugees should not have to endure the financial burden of loan repayment. (Example: @HonAhmedHussen I believe we should #WaiveRepayment for ALL refugees because ____________).
  • Contact your Member of Parliament (MP) and let them know you want all refugees in your community to be treated equitably. You can find out who your MP is and how to contact them by searching your postal code or constituency here.
  • Reach out to members of the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration (CIMM) and let them know that refugees and loan repayment must be a priority for the government and that inequities within the system must be addressed to ensure equal treatment of all those to seek refuge in Canada


  • 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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