International students are spurning the UK’s most prestigious universities as a re sult of Government immigration curbs, The Independent can reveal.
The UK failed to treat more than 2,500 overseas students threatened with deportation at London Metropolitan University like human beings, a leading vice-chancellor claimed today.
Posted on 05/03/2012 (loughborough.com)
University of Leicester
Leicester residents who fled their home countries to escape persecution will speak about the challenges of the UK asylum process for a student-led awareness week.
The University of Leicester’s first Refugee Week, organised entirely by students, aims to give a voice to refugees in Leicester and promote the human rights of asylum seekers detained after entering the UK.
The importance of taking up volunteering and part-time work while studying will be explained to students in Birmingham during an awareness week.
The University of Birmingham Guild of Students will look at the two issues during Volunteering England’s National Student Volunteering Week which coincides with the National Association of Student Employment Service’s (NASES) National Student Employment Week. They start on February 20.
Source: Rutland & Stamford Mercury
A report by shop managers in Plymouth blames shoplifting on foreign students, making recommendations that their movement around the city centre be limited and that they should be made to carry ID cards at all times.
Academics are reporting more than 1,500 foreign students a month to immigration officials over suspicions about their UK visa status, figures show.
Source: BBC News
MPs have accused the government of rushing plans to curb student visas. It has been estimated that the total cost of cutting student numbers could be £3.5bn and MPs have expressed concerns for the potential economic costs.
Source: BBC News
According to the Home Office’s own figures, government cuts to the number of overseas students in the UK are going to cost the economy £2.4bn. The policy is part of a further crackdown on migration.
Home Secretary Theresa May said the “radical” clampdown would close fake colleges and block entry for those who could not speak English well.
The report finds that student migration from outside the EEA will have to be cut by more than half to meet the government’s objective to reduce total net immigration ‘from the hundreds of thousands to the tens of thousands’ by the end of the current Parliament. The report concludes that cuts of the scale sought by the government will not be achieved by eradicating abuse of the student visa system or even stopping all student migration for courses below degree level. They believe there is a risk that proposed changes to the student visa regime will deliver substantial costs to the education sector and the wider economy to achieve the reduction in migration numbers.
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