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'Empty Chairs' Across Canada’s Academic Community After Iran Plane Crash



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“It is an unspeakable loss,” said Neda Maghbouleh, a sociology professor at the University of Toronto who studies Iranian migration through the United States and Canada. Four University of Toronto students were killed in the crash.
“The people we lost in the plane truly represented the smartest young researchers in the entire world,” Maghbouleh said.
Many of the dead were highly qualified Iranian-Canadians, some of whom had studied together at Tehran’s Sharif University. The number of Iranian international students in Canada more than doubled between 2016 and 2018, according to Canada’s immigration department.
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