Syrian students: Education in Britain increasingly at risk

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Syrian students in Britain say their education is increasingly in jeopardy.

“We can honestly say that the big universities haven’t shown any sympathy with our case,” said Amer Lubnieh, who studies at London’s Kingston University.

“We’re still facing difficulties... because the cancellation or rescheduling of fees will somehow cause them financial problems.”

Syrian students in Britain, who number more than 600, are suffering from issues with money transfers, and the deteriorating value of the Syrian pound.

“When students graduate, they don’t get their diplomas or PhDs unless they start working,” said Kutbah Sharbaji, a student at London’s Brunel University.

“Their certificates are seized until they pay all the fees. We’re trying to put pressure on universities to deliver certificates as soon as students graduate.”

Some students have resorted to seeking political asylum in Britain, in an attempt to solve their financial woes.

“The British government asked the affected students to ask for political asylum," said Waleed Safour, representative of the Syrian National Coalition in London.

“Some have agreed and were thus granted political asylum, while others have refused to do so.”