128 Cambodian Students Stuck in Israel Amid Pandemic to Return to Their Country

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Kingdom of Cambodia in coordination with the Israeli government will arrange the return of 128 Cambodian students who have graduated from Israel and have had difficulties returning back to their country during the Coronavirus outbreak, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced through a statement.

According to the Ministry, the good cooperation between the two countries has made it possible for these students to return to Cambodia between November 23 and 30 with a special flight, travelling directly from Israel to Cambodia, Erudera College News reports.

The special flight will, among others, enable the travel of 250 other Cambodian students who have received scholarships to pursue studies in Israel.

Around 12,000 international students pursue higher education in Israel, and it has been reported that the country’s goal is to reach the figure of 24,000 international students by 2022. 

In addition to Cambodia and Israel, several countries around the world are cooperating to send international students back to their homelands, who have been stranded in foreign countries as a consequence of the Coronavirus travel restrictions and absence of travel means.

Many countries are also trying to bring back freshmen or international students whose studies have been disrupted due to pandemic.

A month ago, New Zealand’s government announced new border exceptions, and recently a total of 194 eligible students have been contacted and will soon start their visa processes.

Meanwhile, Australia has also planned to return international students back to the country. It was reported that the city of Darwin in Australia would welcome a group of 70 international students from Singapore, according to the Northern Territory government.

However, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison recently announced that international students are not allowed to travel to Australia yet.

The reason for it, according to him, is because the country must give more importance to the return of Australians who have been stuck abroad.

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