UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak will consider “all options”, including reducing the number of overseas students, in a bid to reduce rising net migration into the UK. BBC report🇧🇷
The Report quoted a Downing Street spokesman as saying that Mr Sunak would investigate restrictions on foreign students taking “low-quality” degrees and bringing dependents. The spokesperson did not define what a “low quality” grade is.
The UK government’s concerns about rising migration have emerged this week with the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showing a huge jump in the number of migrants. Net migration to the UK rose from 173,000 in 2021 to 504,000 this year – an increase of 331,000.
International students, especially Indians, who overtook the Chinese for the first time to account for the majority of student visas, played a major role in this increase.
A spokesman for Mr Sunak said on Friday: “We are looking at all options to make sure the immigration system is secure. The Prime Minister is fully committed to bringing the overall numbers down.”
But controlling the number of migrants by limiting the number of foreign students is a difficult task. British universities rely on higher fees for international students to make up the money, losing out by paying lower fees to British students, with some universities even risking bankruptcy if restrictions are placed on low-quality degrees, the report said.
Moment A student organization led by the Indian community on Friday called on the government to exclude international students from the country’s immigration statistics. “Students in the UK temporarily should not be treated as migrants. International students, the largest group of whom are Indians, contribute £30 billion to the British economy,” said Sanam Arora, president of the National Indian Students. and Alumni Union (NISAU) UK.
Sunak’s government has pledged to reduce net migration to the UK with an Indian-origin Home Secretary Suella Braverman earlier complained about Indian students staying in the country. “I have concerns about having an open borders migration policy with India because I don’t think people voted for Brexit. Look at migration in this country – the biggest group of people who stay are Indian migrants,” he said.
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