670 Syrian students currently study in
UK higher education institutions. Many have been
threatened by their universities with immediate expulsion – some have
already been expelled – if either they or their sponsors can no longer
pay for their tuition fees, due to the conflict in Syria. Syrian students in
that case would then lose their student visas and their right to work, leaving
them in impossible situations.
Also, at least 100 Syrian PhD students in the UK are sponsored by the Syrian Government under the British Council's Capacity Building Scheme, and their funding and maintenance payments have been stopped by the Syrian authorities. This has left these
students in limbo as they may not be allowed to complete their studies.
The lives of these 670 Syrian students
are threatened – those who would lose their UK visas
would be forced to return to Syria. And if they are suspected of taking part in
protests against Assad's government, they could face detention, torture
and even assassination at the hands of the Syrian regime.
The Foreign Secretary William Hague can
ensure that Syrian students are able to continue their studies in the UK, including those who have already been expelled – like
he did for the Libyan students affected by the conflict in 2011. Let's call on
Hague and Vince Cable, Minister for Business, Innovation and Skills together with the Universities Minister David Willetts and his colleagues in Scotland - asking them to
do the same for Syrian students. Please sign and share this petition