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International students struggle to come to Canada amid COVID-19 variant concerns, says Universities Canada president

By Jesse Cnockaert      

The number of international students may rise this year compared to 2020, but travel restrictions related to COVID-19 variants may be a roadblock, according to Universities Canada president Paul Davidson.

Transport Canada, headed by minister Omar Alghabra, suspended direct flights to Canada from India, a major source of international students, until Sept. 21. On Aug. 28, Transport Canada announced a ban on direct flights from Morocco to Canada until Sept. 29, which Paul Davidson says creates a significant challenge for francophone students. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

COVID-19 variants of concern and the pandemic’s fourth wave are impeding the movement of international students seeking to attend Canada’s universities, making this fall a critical time for the federal government to take action to ensure student mobility, according the head of Universities Canada.

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