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Indian Students Worried About Physical Safety In US, Survey Reveals

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| July 15 , 2017 , 20:03 IST

According to a new survey, Indian students have are highly concerned about their potential study in the US and a large number of them are worried about their physical safety and being welcomed to the foreign nation.

The study was conducted by The Institute of International Education (IIE), a US-based non-profit working to build peaceful and equitable societies by advancing scholarship, building economies and promoting access to opportunity.

The survey suggests that President Donald Trump's executive order restricting entry of nationals from six Muslim majority countries, currently upheld by the US Supreme Court has changed their mind about the country.

The study reveals, that over a million international students are currently pursuing higher education in the US, contributing more than USD 36 billion to the American economy.

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The IIE said that the survey results indicate the highest level of institutional concern regarding enrollment of students from the Middle East, followed by India.

Thirty-one per cent of institutions are very concerned that Middle Eastern students who have accepted offers of admissions may not arrive on campus in the fall, and 20 percent are very concerned that Indian students may not arrive on campus, it said.

"This uncertainty raises valid concerns as to whether students from the Middle East may be deterred from US study."

"Securing and maintaining a visa is reported as the top concern among these students and was reported by 46 per cent of institutions, while feeling welcome in the United States was an almost equal concern, with 41 per cent of institutions noting so from their conversations with students," it added.

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According to the IIE, survey findings suggest that Indian students "have a high level of concern about their potential study in the United States, 80 per cent of institutions responded that physical safety was the most pronounced concern for Indian students, while 31 per cent of institutions indicated that feeling welcome was also a concern."

IIE assessed that if this trajectory continues, Indian students may not continue to grow as the second largest international group in US higher education.