UWindsor Students From Saudi Arabia Could Be Heading Home
The University of Windsor is trying to figure out how many students could be sent packing after a diplomatic spat between Canada and Saudi Arabia earlier this week.
A tweet urging the release of detained female activists resulted in the Saudis suspending diplomatic ties with Canada — taking offense to the wording of the tweet, which the middle-eastern nation took as an attempt by Canada to interfere with the country's internal affairs.
Canada is gravely concerned about additional arrests of civil society and women’s rights activists in #SaudiArabia, including Samar Badawi. We urge the Saudi authorities to immediately release them and all other peaceful #humanrights activists.— Foreign Policy CAN (@CanadaFP) August 3, 2018
Saudi Arabia is now recalling more than 15,000 scholarship students from Canadian colleges and universities — Saudi's state-airline says all flights to and from Toronto will be suspended starting Aug. 13.
University of Windsor spokesperson John Coleman says about 70 Saudi-students attended the school during the last academic year and he's unsure how many have registered for September — Saudis studying at UWindsor should contact student services for more information.
St. Clair College has two Saudi Arabian students, but spokesperson John Fairley says they're unaffected as they're paying their own way.
— with files from CTV News Windsor.