Women enter the Medical Sciences Building at the University of Toronto in Toronto, Ontario, Canada August 8, 2018. REUTERS/Chris Helgren
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Naseem waited three years to be accepted to a Canadian postgraduate program. With two years left before she would receive her doctorate, the Saudi student's plans have been upended thanks to a diplomatic spat.According to Canadian government figures, there were 192,000 international students from 200 countries enrolled in Canadian universities and colleges last year.Saudi students, who currently number about 8,000, are among the largest group. International students contributed CA$15.5 billion to the Canadian economy last year, including tuition, textbooks, housing and other expenses.In Western Canada, 150 Saudi students at the University of Regina in Saskatchewan were told they have a month to leave the country.Medical students will be especially hit hard by the chaos unfolding, with about 800 Saudis being trained by Canada to become doctors.According to the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, up to 25,000 patients could also be affected by the loss of Saudi medical residents.
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