Ottawa’s recent decision to cap the number of study permits for international students is reportedly already creating chaos for those hoping to come to Canada to get a post-secondary education.

Today in The Conversation Canada, Leah Hamilton of Mount Royal University and Yvonne Su of York University delve into how the cap also unfairly and baselessly pins the blame on Canada’s housing and health-care crises on international students.

There’s no evidence international students are exacerbating either crisis, they point out, and for governments and the media to suggest otherwise is inaccurate and xenophobic.

They write: “This pattern of scapegoating in government rhetoric and in media coverage is deeply troubling. It’s already affecting public attitudes toward immigration levels, and may spill over to create negative attitudes and behaviour toward immigrants and international students themselves.”

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Lee-Anne Goodman

Politics Editor

Students walk towards a sign at Trinity Western University in Langley, B.C. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

International students cap falsely blames them for Canada’s housing and health-care woes

Leah Hamilton, Mount Royal University; Yvonne Su, York University, Canada

Who’s responsible for the factors that led to the federal government’s recently announced cap on international students, and what are the implications for those directly affected?

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What can we learn from the history of pre-war Germany to the atmosphere today in the U.S.?

David Dyzenhaus, University of Toronto

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Women still face gender inequalities at work post-pandemic

Claudine Mangen, Concordia University

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David Philpott, Memorial University of Newfoundland

It makes good economic sense to lean on the neighbourhood public school in the push to expand early learning.

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Federico Chaves Correa, Université Laval

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La Conversation Canada

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Le Canada doit mettre en œuvre des mesures de sécurité pour protéger les enfants en ligne

Azfar Adib, Concordia University

La cyberprédation des enfants est en forte hausse au pays. Le Canada ne peut plus se permettre de rester à la traîne. Le moment est venu de sécuriser les espaces en ligne.


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