The Yazidi people have suffered genocide and many have only recently been released from ISIS;
Many Yazidis in Iraq already have family in Canada now and have no local durable solutions;
Family reunification is a key component of integration;
Most Yazidis have lost members of their immediate family, especially male family members; and
The One Year Window of Opportunity Provision only allows refugees to sponsor children and spouses.
We, the undersigned, Canadians, call upon the Government of Canada to expand the definition of family to include extended family members for Yazidi refugees given that they are genocide survivors and given that many of their immediate family members are deceased or missing in action and to immediately clear the backlog in the existing sponsorship cases under the One Year Window provision for children.
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