International students at risk, facing increasing challenges due to COVID-19: Report

April 9, 2021
One Voice Canada has published “The Realities for International Students: Evidenced Challenges,” a report that examines the challenges faced by international students pursuing postsecondary education in Canada. The report looks primarily at the experiences of Indian students studying in provinces such as British Columbia and Ontario, and discusses how international students are often placed in vulnerable situations while facing a lack of supports, high tuition fees, and/or illegal or exploitative work arrangements. Both the report and Global News note the increased rate of death by suicide among international students, and how the pandemic has worsened students' mental health situation. The researchers call on stakeholders to take a comprehensive look at the international student program in recent years and take steps to better protect students. Global News | Report (National)