UK: PM Sunak to crack down on international pupils not in top universities?

LONDON: An Indian community-led student organization on Friday called on the UK government to remove international students from the country’s general immigration statistics amid unconfirmed reports. confirmed that the Prime Minister Rishi Sunak may be considering a crackdown on foreigners granted student visas.
According to some UK media reports, Sunak is considering a crackdown on foreign students bringing dependents and studying so-called low-quality degrees at mediocre universities. of the United Kingdom after the country’s net migration figures hit a record.
Downing Street has pointed out that “all options” to reduce the number of migrants are generally available on the table. The National Association of Students and Alumni of India (NISAU) UK, which lobbies for reasonable terms for Indian students to study in the UK, says any move to arbitrarily rank universities would be counterproductive in terms of Castle.
“Students who are in the UK temporarily should not be counted as migrants,” said the president of NISAU UK. Sanam Arora. “International students, of which Indians are the largest group, bring in a net 30 billion in revenue to the UK economy and in return as friends of the UK, fostering commercial, cultural and economic ties. and diplomacy. The UK higher education sector is one of our biggest exports to the world, and we hope that the government will ensure that there is no arbitrary definition of what is considered a ‘top’ university,” she said.
The group called for an “innovative and creative policy solution” to address the UK’s labor and skills shortages through international graduates.
The UK International Universityrepresenting more than 140 UK universities, also issued a note of caution against any such policy move.
Concerns arise after the latest event Office of National Statistics Figures this week revealed net migration to the UK rose from 173,000 in a year until June 2021, to 504,000 in a year – an increase of 331,000 after Brexit.


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