UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak will consider “all options”, including reducing the number of foreign students, as he tries to curb rising net migration into the UK, according to a reported by bbc.
Sunak will look into placing restrictions on foreign students seeking “low-quality” degrees and bringing their dependents, the report said, citing a Downing Street spokesman. However, the spokesperson did not define what a “low quality” title is.
The latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) this week, which showed a large increase in the number of immigrants, triggered concerns from the UK government about the increase in migration. Net migration to the UK increased from 173,000 in 2021 to 504,000 this year, an increase of 331,000.
International students, especially Indians who replaced the Chinese for the first time to get most student visas, contributed heavily to this increase.
“We are considering all options to make sure the immigration system is working. The prime minister is fully committed to reducing the overall figures,” Sunak’s spokesman said on Friday.
But controlling the number of immigrants by restricting the number of foreign students presents a difficult task. British universities rely on higher fees from international students to make up money, lose by charging British students a lower fee, and some universities even risk bankruptcy if restrictions are placed on so-called low-quality degrees. , according to the report.
A Indian community run student organization on Friday he urged the government to remove international students from the country’s immigration statistics. “Students temporarily in the UK should not be counted as immigrants. International students, of whom Indians are the largest cohort, bring a net income of £30bn to the UK economy,” Sanam Arora said. , President of National Indian Students. and the UK Alumni Union (NISAU).
The Sunak government has promised to reduce net migration into the UK with the Home Secretary being of Indian origin. brave sole previously complaining about Indian students staying longer in the country. “I’m concerned about having an open border immigration policy with India because I don’t think that’s what people voted for with Brexit. Look at migration in this country: the largest group of people who stay the longest are Indian immigrants.” had said.
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