On 10th of September, National Executive Council (NEC) of National Union of Students (NUS) passed a policy put forward by the International Students’ Officer in the UK, Mostafa Raajai on behalf of International Students in the UK.
‘’17th NOVEMBER – NATIONAL WALKOUT DAY’’
That means that on 17th November, the international students and the wider student movement in the UK including the Unions of Students from Further Education and Higher Education would walk out of their classes to show solidarity to migrants, including International Students, migrants who work in the UK, the refugees and everyone else who feels mistreated by the anti-immigrant policies of the current government.
Student Assembly Against Austerity, is supporting the National Walkout Day on 17th of November after a vote which took place at our last National Committee meeting.
We will support the day of walkout and encourage all our members to be part of this day of action for several reasons. Now more than ever migrants’ life in the UK is in danger and when we speak about migrants, we think about diversity, skilled migrants and the stories of success.
International Students (undergraduate) make 20% of the 7 Million Students in the UK and are estimated to bring around £11 Billion in the UK annually alongside multiculturalism, fresh ideas, hard work and determination which builds up the stories of success.
The present government does not agree with any of these things and they have decided to do their best to ensure that eventually this 20% is being wiped-out gradually.
The attacks on International Students started to become seriously worrying and bad on 2012 when the post-study work visa (2 years) provision was taken away – leaving many International Students without any work experience without a second choice but to go back.
It was followed by many campuses closures, leaving the International Students without any qualification.
Later on, inhumanly – It was decided that you cannot bring your dependant with your during your studies and recently, the postgraduate students are allowed to bring their dependant but without any work permission.
The situation is the same for the International Students that study in colleges of the UK, who have had their right to work removed.
Over the last 12 months, we have seen the Rent-Checks being introduced. That means that the landlords themselves are being pushed to check your life, your accent and your immigration status before they allow you to recent somewhere decent.
The International Students, very often make a large proportion of the best UK universities and that has changed the way British universities looks like and shaped the teaching and learning process as well as the extra-curricular activities. As migrants, they become part of the migrants who have eventually settled down in the country or have just moved to the UK and get engaged in local and national causes aiming to a better life and fairer representation and continuous improvement of all the communities.
It’s now time, to stand up and no longer remain the unprotected marginalised 20% and stand for ourselves.
Its high time home-grown students took part in direct action to support International Students, migrants and refugees.
The refugee crisis has just begun and with the winter quickly approaching the life of all the refugees in the world is in great danger. 4000 refugees being taken in by Britain every year is not enough compared to the overwhelming support by most of the other EU economically healthier countries as well as ‘small’ countries.
The Student Assembly Against Austerity supports the 17th November National Walk Out day and would encourage everyone to spread the word and especially International students to become part of the movement and stand for themselves.