Saudi Arabia Is Now Pulling Its Students Out Of Canadian Universities And Colleges, Here's Why

Canada and Saudi Arabia are now fighting over students at Canadian post-secondary schools.
Saudi Arabia Is Now Pulling Its Students Out Of Canadian Universities And Colleges, Here's Why

You may have heard this weekend that Saudi Arabia and Canada have gotten into a bit of an argument after Canada criticised the kingdom's (Saudi Arabia's) record of human rights.

Saudi Arabia kicked out Canada’s Saudi ambassador working within the country and has suspended all flights between there and Toronto as of Aug. 13.

And now they’re even coming after some Saudi students attending Canadian post-secondary schools. 

As reported by the Globe & Mail, Saudi Arabia is withdrawing all of their citizens who attend school at any Canadian university and college as a foreign student on scholarship.

More than 15,000 Saudi’s study in Canada on scholarships, they will now all be moved to schools either in the United States or the United Kingdom which have school systems similar to Canada.

What the exact economic loss of the students means for Canada is unclear at this point but it is estimated to be hundreds of millions of dollars. 

A Saudi student who isn’t a Canadian citizen would have to pay between $30,000 and $80,000 to attend either the University of Toronto or the University of British Columbia for example.

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland isn’t backing down from the fight though and says that Canada will always “speak up for human rights, we are always going to speak up for women's rights and that is not going to change."

Freeland appears to have started this whole fight with a tweet she sent out recently calling for the release of civil-rights activists in the notoriously oppressive kingdom. 

Very alarmed to learn that Samar Badawi, Raif Badawi’s sister, has been imprisoned in Saudi Arabia. Canada stands together with the Badawi family in this difficult time, and we continue to strongly call for the release of both Raif and Samar Badawi.

August 2, 2018

So if you’re in a post-secondary school and have peers on scholarship from Saudi Arabia there's a good chance that they might not be able to note swap with you this term. 

Source:Globe and Mail

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