Travel ban has ‘pro­found’ im­pact on re­search

The Hamilton Spectator - - CANADA & WORLD -

When Aref Boland­nazar flew home to New York 10 days ago af­ter vis­it­ing fam­ily in Iran, he didn’t think to say a tear­ful good­bye to his wife — af­ter all, she was just stay­ing an ex­tra week be­fore she was sup­posed to re­turn to the U.S. But he hasn’t seen his wife since — when Roya Arablood­ariche tried to check in on Satur­day, she was told she was no longer ad­mis­si­ble to the U.S. due to an ex­ec­u­tive or­der signed by Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump. The cou­ple are Ira­nian cit­i­zens who both hold ad­vanced de­grees from the Univer­sity of Bri­tish Columbia, and who ob­tained visas to live in New York while Boland­nazar com­pletes his fi­nance and eco­nomics PhD at Columbia Univer­sity. Arablood­ariche, an elec­tri­cal en­gi­neer, had hoped to get her green card and work in the U.S., but now, Boland­nazar says he ex­pects them both to pur­sue their aca­demic and ca­reer goals else­where — ide­ally in Canada. Univer­si­ties Canada says the im­mi­gra­tion ban is al­ready hav­ing a “real, im­me­di­ate and pro­found” im­pact on re­search part­ner­ships, in­ter­na­tional stu­dents, aca­demic con­fer­ence par­tic­i­pa­tion and field vis­its, as well as fam­ily re­la­tion­ships.

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