The appalling scenes from Syria have become a regular feature on our TV screens and in our newspapers but can this impact on people here in the UK, here in Leeds?
Concerns have been raised about the problems posed for Syrians currently studying in the UK as the crisis in their homeland continues. With the Syrian Embassy in London closed and financial restrictions taking their toll in Syria, these students are at risk of losing their funding for courses they have already invested considerable time, effort and money in. There are signs that the relevant bodies are aware of their plight but the information is confusing.The government has said they will address the issue but asks the universities to help.Universities say they are helping but ask UKBA to do their part.UKBA say they have addressed the issue but only until March while well known online campaigners Avaaz claim “some students have already been expelled” and highlighted the dangers that these students face well beyond not managing to finish their studies.
The various statements are conflicting. It seems the only thing that is certain is the uncertainty Syrian students in the UK are facing.
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