Coping with the Other: Muslim Overseas Students in Britain

Sarah Thomas, Thomas Hawes


Europe has recently witnessed a dramatic rise in immigration from the Muslim world, including a significant influx of refugees, especially from countries beset by armed conflict. At the same time, international student mobility has been increasing rapidly. This article focuses on the cultural challenges to Muslim students coming to British universities as temporary guests. What are their needs and their strengths? What are the specific difficulties they face, if any? How can university staff best help them while they are here? We examine the challenges to students caught between their home culture and that of the host country. The responses obtained in interviews suggest that overseas Muslim students are enriching for Britain in material terms but more particularly because they are full of goodwill and constitute an unofficial diplomatic mission between UK and their own countries.

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