Brain Drain: U.S. Intent on Relocating Displaced Saudi Students Studying in Canada

While Canada is accepting refugees in a bid to appear more progressive than its southern neighbour, the U.S. is ready to cash in on skilled Saudi internationals.


In a response to the recent announcement by the Saudi government to revoke scholarships for students studying in Canada, the United States seeks to relocate a portion of the 15,000 displaced students to their own institutions.

On August 8th, U.S. News Global Education released a statement titled “Saudi Arabian Students Are Welcome in the United States”. Since the diplomatic dispute, the United States has chosen to keep a distance from the affair and has refused to back Canada on its human rights criticism. The proposition states that:

“Whereas there is tension between Saudi Arabia and Canada right now, Saudi Arabia and the United States have a very good relationship with one another.”

According to official statistics, in 2017 there were over 50,000 Saudi students studying in America. With this recent invitation, this number is expected to grow.

The hashtag #YouAreWelcomeHere began in 2016 to advertise international student acceptance at U.S. universities. The hashtag now appears like a back hand to Justin Trudeau’s infamous #WelcometoCanada tweet. While Canada is accepting all manners of refugees in a bid to appear more progressive than its southern neighbour, the U.S. is ready to cash in on both liberal sentimentality and highly skilled Saudi internationals.

Five universities are listed on the website’s “Welcoming Saudi Students” page offering both Bachelors and Masters studies, including: Adelphi University, Auburn University, University of Dayton, University of Illinois at Chicago, and the University of South Carolina.

Saudi students seeking to relocate to the United States are being offered accelerated admissions and counselors to help in the relocation process.

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  1. Way to go, Trudeau. Yet another notch in your belt of negative accomplishments that hurt Canada.
    Run off the immigrants you might actually want. The ones with skills and qualifications, who can potentially contribute to society.

Cosmin Dzsurdzsa

Cosmin is a freelance journalist, senior writer and columnist at The Post Millennial. He has worked as a researcher on The Oxford English Dictionary and is currently pursuing a degree in English Literature at the University of Waterloo.

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