Figures have just been released in the UK, which show that over 50,000 foreign students failed to return home after their courses were over.
Many years ago we lodged a foreign language student (I think he was called Najeeb) who was a Yemeni, but lived in Saudi.
He was a radical Muslim, and didn't miss an opportunity to sing the praises of whatever atrocity was currently in the news. I can imagine him having joined ISIS as soon as he returned home.
After he left us we began to receive letters and phone calls from Barclays Bank. We explained that he had been a student at 'X' language School, and gave the Bank their address (which was right opposite their building).
It seemed that the charming Najeeb had taken out a hefty loan, giving our address and our names as guarantors, then skipped the country.
The bank hounded us for years over something we knew nothing about. The boy was a common criminal and the bank treated us as if we were his accomplices.
I often wonder how such things can occur; maybe it's better that certain (less desirable) foreign students stay in the UK where they can be brought to justice, rather than scoot off home where they can't.
Doesn't make sense, Cro. No institution will accept a guarantor without a legal document signed (by the guarantor).ReplyDelete
Anyway, one bad apple doesn't mean the rest of the cart is spoiled.
That's what we thought, but they hounded us for years. It only takes one to give the others a bad name!Delete
Bad boy but does it mean all foreign Muslim students are like him ? So he studied in France, as you live there or in Great Britain. I'm a bit troubled.ReplyDelete
That's why I was careful to mention that he was a 'radical Muslim'. This took place in the UK.Delete
Of the 50,000 students who don't return home, I doubt if that many are Muslims. They are usually from European countries.Delete
Actually banks required the signature of a guarantor, they rarely bother to check with the guarantor that it was they who actually signed it. Even today they merely require the bank details of the guarantor as well as the signature.ReplyDelete
I, unfortunately too, know this at my cost. We had an insufferable amount of harassment after an employee forged my signature.
Fortunately for society as a whole he is now in prison prison for other offences. Fraud is no longer much of a concern for the police and they couldn't be bothered with it.
On a different point our security services calculate that some 4 percent of Muslims entering the country are radicalised with almost half supporting their actions.
On that basis there is a couple of thousand of radicals in that 50k......
I've no idea how he managed to obtain his 'loan'; they never told us the details. He may even have gone through our laptops whilst we were absent.Delete
Sorry I really do not understand .You said it happened a long time ago, but you live in France already for more than 44 years ?ReplyDelete
During that time we spent a few winters in England; duties to be attended to. We have homes in the UK.Delete
Here we go again...ReplyDelete
I'm afraid so.Delete
I lent £40 to a Scotsman once and I haven't seen him since.ReplyDelete
I lent a fiver to Paul McCartney once; same thing.Delete
I think my comment was lost. The secrets of internet..wasn't important. SorryDelete
Banks want their money back, even if it is from innocent people who were also victims.ReplyDelete
I don't think they wanted us to pay the money back, but just kept hounding us for details of his whereabouts, etc.Delete
Muslim thieves usually end up minus a hand.ReplyDelete
Unless they steal from a western bank; in which case they're probably given an extra one!Delete
Scary story CroReplyDelete
At the time it was very annoying.Delete
I don't know how you tolerated such a person in your home.ReplyDelete
He was only on a short course, otherwise we wouldn't have.Delete