British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak will consider “all options”, including reducing the number of overseas students, in a bid to stem rising net migration to Britain. BBC report.
The report quoted a Downing Street spokesman as saying Mr Sunak would seek to impose restrictions on overseas students bringing “low-quality” degrees and dependents. However, the spokesperson did not specify what a “low quality” score is.
The UK government’s concerns about rising immigration have been fueled by the latest figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) this week, which show a massive increase in the number of migrants. Net immigration to the UK rose to 504,000 this year from 173,000 in 2021, an increase of 331,000.
Foreign students, especially the Chinese rather than the Chinese, have made up the majority of student visas, contributing significantly to this rise.
“We are looking at all options to ensure the immigration system works,” Sunak’s spokesman said on Friday. The Prime Minister is fully committed to reducing the overall number.
But controlling the number of immigrants by limiting the number of foreign students is a delicate task. UK universities rely on higher fees from international students to cover the money they lose by charging UK students lower fees, with some universities at risk of bankruptcy if restrictions are imposed on so-called poor quality, the report says.
A A student body led by the Indian community On Friday he urged the government to remove international students from the country’s immigration statistics. Indian National Students President Sanam Arora said: Students living temporarily in the UK should not be treated as migrants. International students, of whom Indians are the largest group, contribute a net income of £30 billion to the UK economy. and the Alumni Association in the United Kingdom (NISAU).
Sunak’s government has pledged to reduce net immigration to the UK with an Indian-born home secretary. Shula Braverman He had earlier complained about the long stay of Indian students in the country. He said: “I have concerns about opening immigration policy across the border with India because I don’t think people voted for Brexit. Look at immigration in this country – Indian immigrants are among the most overstayers.
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