The decision to close Turkey’s border with Iran due to the coronavirus outbreak has left Iranians pursuing an education in the country in a kind of limbo.

“I haven’t seen my family for 10 months. When the borders were closed, I was on the fence about whether to stay or go,” Fatemeh Hasanpour Jannati said at a cafe in Ankara, sipping coffee.

Though Jannati looked cheerful, her thoughts kept returning to her family in the northwestern Iranian city of Tabriz, around 1,500 kilometers (930 miles) from Ankara, Turkey’s capital.

Jannati bought a bus ticket home three weeks ago and

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