Duncan Lewis


Asylum, Detention/ Fast Track

Managed Migration, Public Law

Prime Minister is considering removing students visas from net migration count

Date: (9 July 2012)    |    

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The students coming into Britain from non EU nations were being included in the total of immigrants for calculating the net migration. The non EU students have been arriving into the UK at the rate of 225,000 a year which was being added to the immigrant population which in turn was adding to the growth to the country’s population.
The stringent visa regulations which were planned for controlling the influx of students was being opposed by the British Universities as well as the partners in the coalition the liberal democrats.
The prime minister has now making a U turn on the issue of foreign students after pressure from its Liberal Democrat partners.
Research had shown that up to a quarter of the people coming into the UK on student visas were not genuine which prompted the Ministers to pledge to reduce the net migration to the tens of thousands.
But Lib Dem Business Secretary Vince Cable, supported by universities and some figures at
No?10, instead wanted students to be removed from the immigration figures altogether. Which would no longer pressurize the Government to get a grip on non EU student visas which have been seen as the most abused in recent years?
The Home Office has been resisting the idea, which immigration minister Damian Green called ‘absurd’.
With David Cameron siding with Mr Cable, who argued that foreign student were worth billions to the economy, a lot of Tory backbenchers would be enraged.
With a strong faction inside the Downing Street urging the Prime Minister Mr Cameron is understood to be considering their arguments to change policy.
The move, which follows U-turns on the Budget and others including petrol tax and public sector pay, would provoke a fierce response from campaign groups and backbench MPs.
The Migrationwatch think-tank says removing student visas from the calculation would ‘destroy public confidence in the Government’s immigration policy’.
Its report had found that foreign students were adding 75,000 to the population every year by not going home at the end of their courses. Some 25,000 of these remain here illegally.
The remainder was either taking jobs or was given permission to settle down with a partner or undertake further studies.