Help Saudi residents/students from being forced out of Canada before it's too late!
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I have the great pleasure of working with some of the best medical fellows, residents, and students; the majority of which are from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Due to the ongoing row between the governments of Canada and Saudi Arabia, a minimum of 8 300 Saudi students in Canada have lost their voice and will be forced to up-root their lives and leave Canada by the end of August 2018, regardless of their work, school, and social progress. The majority of these students, regardless of the Kingdom's order to leave Canada and the potential consequences, would do anything to stay in Canada to finish their work and studies. Unfortunately, the Saudi Arabian government is withdrawing all scholarships and funding to these students, consequently forcing these students out of Canada because they can no longer afford university tuition fees for international students which are three times higher than tuition fees for Canadians. Furthermore, since these students are not considered Canadian citizens, they don't qualify for any bank or government loans. Let us keep in mind that these poor students did not choose their government. As Canadians, we are strong believers in human rights and freedoms, this is how this whole feud began, and as Canadians we should not sit back as these rights and freedoms are being taken away from these students, especially if we can prevent it!
Having worked with these amazing doctors and students for many years, I have seen firsthand how dedicated, passionate, and hard working they are, always striving to be the best. Providing exceptional quality care to patients and not to mention the amount of work and research that these student have provided to help advance medical science and technology, that could not be possible without having been paired with our great Canadian universities.
It would be catastrophic if all the Saudi medical residents were to leave, as it would strain our health system which is already struggling with patient volumes. Not only negatively affecting the already overworked staff, but will indefinitely have negative consequences on the quality and timely manner of care to patients.
We ask the Canadian government to please consider offering the Saudi students, residents, and fellows affected by this unfortunate feud, a choice. Possibly a fast-track Canadian citizenship or government loans, to help them stay and strive in Canada to achieve their dreams. Many Saudis fear speaking out and voicing their opinions due to possible persecution if they return home. As Canadians, we need to rise up and give them a voice. This would definitely be an investment for Canada, but a worthwhile one, that could greatly benefit us in the future as we are already experiencing a shortage of doctors.
Let us be proud Canadians, who appreciate our hardworking doctors, who stand up for what is right, and who invests in a better future.
We, the undersigned, call upon the Canadian government, and all who share a common concern, to uphold Canadian values of rights and freedoms, by taking appropriate action in determining a solution for Saudi medical fellows, residents, and student who wish to stay in Canada, before the end of August 2018. The Canadian people and Saudi students depend on your conscience.
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