Saudi students currently on a scholarship in universities all over Canada were asked to transfer to other countries. All government-funded scholarships for Saudis are being stopped for the meantime until the estimated 15,000 students and their family members are transferred, according to Al Arabiya.
The heated move comes from yesterday’s breaking news, following the Canadian embassy’s reported intrusion into the Kingdom’s internal affairs.
Social media reactions on the situations keep doubling online
There are approximately 15,000+ Saudi students in Canada at the moment who have to be transferred.
This is significant, and a major escalation by Saudi Arabia if true. There are about 15,000 Saudi students in Canada, the 4th largest contingent of foreign students here. This is a big hit for these students’ lives, and for Canadian universities. https://t.co/YNtUL3wgXe
— Thomas Juneau (@thomasjuneau) August 6, 2018
With some even realizing the potential of this for other countries
15,000 Saudi students in Canada is over $250 m a year for the Canadian educational system and economy. This could be a major boost for the UK if the students move to Britain. I hope the UK Govt is reaching out to the Saudis to take them in.
— Ghanem Nuseibeh (@gnuseibeh) August 6, 2018
The current updates on this dispute, so far…
#Saudi – #Canada row update:
•Saudi freezes scholarships, student exchanges, trade (~15,000 Saudi student in Canada)
•OIC, Egypt, UAE, Palestinian Authority express support for Saudi
•CA Ambassador due to leave tonight
•No official Canada reaction yet
— Joyce Karam (@Joyce_Karam) August 6, 2018