The University of Toronto is practically bursting with international students, adding to the region’s cultural diversity. The Canadian federal government wants to increase the number of  international students coming to the university, aiming to double the current number of international students by 2022.

This announcement is a significant source of controversy for Canadian students, given the possible threat to their participation once there is a surge of international students occupying schools across the country. As an international student, the idea is ultimately welcomed. The direct benefit is obvious: the chances of us studying abroad and competing with North American citizens are increased. But there are wider issues to be considered. Particularly, it will provide Canadian students who don’t get the chance to study abroad with a window to foreign cultures. With amplified globalization taking place, this exposure is not just fun and interesting: it’s necessary. Read more.

This article was written by Francesca Morfini and was originally published on The Varsity, the University of Toronto’s student newspaper.