Alia Dharssi is a freelance journalist and an editor at the Global Urbanist. She writes about immigration, Canadian politics, international development, business and women's rights, among other issues. 

As the 2016 Michelle Lang Fellow at the Calgary Herald and the National Post, Alia spent a year working on an investigative project on Canadian immigration policy that was published in newspapers across the country and revealed ways in which immigration policy is resulting in billions of dollars in losses to the economy each year. 

Alia's work has also been published by the Guardian, the Financial Post, the Thomson Reuters Foundation, VICE, the Canadian International Council and others. She holds an MPhil in Development Studies from the University of Oxford and a Certificate in Global Journalism from the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto, where she was a Global Journalism Fellow.