The tension is increasingly palpable on the border between Russia and Ukraine. A situation that has prompted many Moroccan students to leave the country to ensure their safety. However, the compulsion to leave their universities turns out to be more complicated than expected.
Moroccan students are up against the wall. A group of Ukrainian universities have agreed to send them back to their country of Morocco in the coming days, but have stipulated that they must pay all tuition fees in order to benefit from the “distance learning” model which will be adopted over the next few weeks.
According to the testimonies of some students, many Ukrainian universities have allowed Moroccan students who have paid all tuition fees to return to Morocco, on the grounds that “distance learning” will begin by next Monday, while negotiations are still ongoing between these universities and students paying installments throughout the year
Even more, some Moroccan students have had administrative problems with certain Ukrainian universities which have not given them the “green light” to return to “distance learning” mode, and thus be able to leave the territory.
On Monday, students organized protest vigils in several universities to respond to communication from the Moroccan embassy in Kiev.
Last Saturday, the Moroccan embassy in Kiev recommended that all Moroccan citizens leave Ukraine, following international warnings of an imminent Russian attack on the country.
Moroccan students are in a race against time to obtain tickets to return to the Kingdom, while the Royal Air Maroc and Air Arabia agencies are experiencing an intense influx of the community residing in Ukraine, with exceptional flights allocated for this purpose.
Moroccan students residing in Ukraine live in a spiral of fear due to a possible “Russian invasion”, which has made them worried about their academic future in the event of a military war between Moscow and Washington.