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|Posted: Wed Aug 15, 2018 5:32 am Post subject: Saudi students forced to return home from Canada
|What will happen to Saudi students enrolled in Canada?
CBC/Radio-Canada | August 8, 2018
Universities and colleges are scrambling to help thousands of international students following Saudi Arabia's decision to pull those on Saudi-funded scholarships from Canadian schools.
There were 8,310 Saudi students enrolled in Canadian post-secondary schools from January to May 2018, according to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada's website. From highest to lowest: 4,500 were enrolled in Ontario schools, 1,645 in British Columbia, 835 in Nova Scotia, 435 in Quebec, 395 in Saskatchewan, 245 in Alberta, 90 in New Brunswick, 70 in Manitoba, 60 in P.E.I. and 35 in Newfoundland.
Because of Riyadh's diplomatic spat with Ottawa, their future here is suddenly unclear, though it appears they are all expected to leave.
In southern Ontario, the University of Toronto says there are 77 undergraduate and graduate Saudi students currently enrolled, as well as 216 medical residents who are being trained in hospitals affiliated with the school under a long-standing program.
Additionally, there are 115 Saudi students at York University, and 27 at Centennial College. "Our immediate focus will be on supporting our students. We will be reaching out to them over the next few days," said Janice Wells, spokesperson for York University.
Also in Toronto, Ryerson University has 79 students with Saudi Arabian citizenship, including 62 who are currently on scholarships. "While we await further information, our immediate focus is helping students who are affected to understand the potential impacts," the university said in an email statement. "We recognize that this is a challenging and uncertain time for many of our students."
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