Exploitation of International Students
The Indo-Canadian community is in turmoil over a recent surge in foreign students from India, whose presence is feeding community tensions amid allegations of financial exploitation, an Indian brain drain, exam cheating, mistreatment of young women, employer abuse, drug dealing and the “stealing” of South Asians’ jobs. The number of international students from India in Canada has jumped by roughly five times in the past few years, after the federal government in 2012 bucked the trend of other Western nations and made it easier for international students to work and to go to the front of the immigration queue. This has created an atmosphere of exploitation for international students as well. One Voice Canada is a new organization that is hoping to help international students. Jag Khosa and Dupinder Saran talk to Sameer Kaushal about this recent rift between Indo-Canadians and international students.