Chinese international students struggle to return home amid the pandemic

Chinese citizens prepared to board the flight home at JFK airport in New York City
Chinese citizens, most of whom are Chinese international students, prepared to check in and board the flight back to China at JFK International Airport in New York City. (Amy Ouyang/MEDILL)

By Amy Ouyang
Medill Reports

Starting in March with the newly enforced flight restrictions, the entry restrictions for foreigners and Chinese citizens quickly tightened. The increasing restrictions leave many Chinese international students with no other choice but to either purchase highly expensive flight tickets to fly back home or remain abroad until the relaxation of the current restrictions. When will that be? Nobody knows.

Amy Ouyang is a social justice reporter at Medill. You can follow her on Twitter at @Hanyue_Ouyang.