6 September 2012

Overseas students and net migration: million+ calls on Government to address "fundamentally flawed process"

Commenting on calls from MPs, in a report from the Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) select committee, for overseas students to be removed from net migration figures, Pam Tatlow, Chief Executive of university think tank million+, said:

“Removing students from the migration cap is an injection of common sense, but in itself it will not resolve the bigger question of the power that has been given to the UK Border Agency to remove the right of universities to teach international students who are already in the country.

“Currently there is no requirement for UKBA to agree the facts prior to a decision to revoke an institution’s highly trusted status and no opportunity for the university to appeal. Revocation is immediate with wide-ranging and damaging consequences for students, institutions and the international reputation of UK higher education. The Government needs to undertake an urgent review not only of the classification of international students but also of a process which is fundamentally flawed.”

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Notes to editors:

  1. million+ is a leading university think-tank, working to solve the complex problems in higher education www.millionplus.ac.uk. For more information please contact Jean Candler, Head of Public Affairs on 0207 717 1659 or 07900 277 819.
  2. The select committee report, ‘Overseas students and net migration’ is available on the Parliament website here.