Why Indian Students Are Suddenly Boycotting Canada?
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Indian students boycott Canada
Indian Students Are Suddenly Boycotting Canada
In the second half of 2023, there has been a 40% decline in Indian students’ Canada study visa application.
Existing students are also unhappy and have been protesting for the past 10-11 days.
Reasons behind the decline and protest
The Canadian government is involved in two scams with Indian students.
One scam is issuing fake visas to Indian students.
The second scam involves fake universities where students study for 3-4 years only to find out in the end that the university is fake.
Canada’s response and India-Canada relations
Canada has been internationally bashing India and introducing India to the international market regarding the Khalistan issue.
However, now the Canadian government has boycotted Indian students and is requesting the return of their own diplomats from India.
This indicates a change in Canada’s stance due to the boycott by Indian students.
Dependence on Indian students
The Canadian education sector is highly dependent on Indian students.
If Indian students stop going to Canada to study, there is a high chance that the Canadian education sector will collapse.
Deportation of 700 Indian students and protests
In June 2023, the Canadian Border Services Agency issued notices to deport 700 Indian students.
These students had faced a previous scam involving fake college admissions.
The government took no action during their three years of study, and now the punishment is being imposed on the students.
Scams with fake universities
Another scam involves students studying for several years only to discover that the university is fake.
This scam is quite common in Canada, and a list of blacklisted colleges has been provided by the Canadian government.
Impact of the Khalistan issue
The diplomatic ties between India and Canada have become very bad due to Canada’s involvement with the Khalistan issue.
The history and demands of the Khalistan movement have strained relations between the two countries.
The boycott of Indian students in Canada is a result of the decline in visa applications, scams targeting Indian students, and strained India-Canada relations due to the Khalistan issue.
The Canadian education sector’s dependence on Indian students adds significance to their boycott.
Canadian Colleges Scam
Indian students can get stuck in a scam where colleges in Canada give fees to India-based visa agents who take a 10-15% commission and target students to convince them to take admission in these colleges.
Visa agents may convince students to take the admission but later the students find out that the colleges don’t complete the course and declare bankruptcy in the middle of it.
Students’ education is then disrupted and the money they had earned is wasted.
Scams Impact on Indian Students
Many Indian students have had no idea that they were being scammed until it happened to them.
Due to the increased occurrence of scams, many Indian students are not choosing Canada as their study destination.