In France, a new academic year without many students from Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso
Visas for students from Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso who were to continue their studies in France this year have been suspended, said this weekend the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Students in front of the Sorbonne, in Paris, April 14, 2022. © M.Latorre/RFI
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The France suspends the issuance of visas for students from Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso, the French Foreign Ministry said, due to the closure of consular services in these three countries. The Campus France and visa services can no longer function normally, says the Quai d'Orsay, which adds, however, that artists, students and researchers already in France are welcome and can continue their activities normally.
Campus France – in charge of welcoming foreign students in France – specifies for its part that the scholarships granted to students from these three countries already present on French territory remain active.
Paris had suspended, in early August, the issuance of all visas from Niamey, Ouagadougou and Bamako. France currently has some 3,000 Malian, 2,500 Burkinabe and 1,200 Nigeriens students in its higher education institutions.
For me, there is a double penalty. The first is that these students fought to get enrollments in French universities. The second is that the fact that they spent all this time in doubt, which prevented some from looking for alternatives (...) We believe that they do not have to pay for what is happening.
Adam Oumarou, President of the Council of Nigeriens of France, who also represents Nigerien students in France.
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