Saturday, 10 November 2018 07:02

REPORT: UK GOVERNMENT MUST REMOVE STUDENTS FROM NET-MIGRATION TARGETS

SNP RENEWS URGENT CALLS FOR POST-STUDY WORK VISA

Theresa May has once again been urged to scrap her ‘hostile’ immigration targets, and warned that UK universities face losing their world-class status after Brexit.  

According to a new report from the APPG for International students, overseas student numbers are "flatlining”, so the UK Government should “offer a clearly labelled and attractive post-study work visa which allows up to two years of work experience in the UK.”

One of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for International Students reports’ key recommendations is to remove students from net-migration targets.

The SNP have repeatedly called for this, along with the return of post-study work visas, so that Scottish universities can continue attracting talented foreign students to live, work and study here.

This report directly contradicts the recent Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) report, which has been widely criticised by universities and higher education institutions across Scotland.

Alison Thewliss MP, who sits on the committee, said:

“Scotland is the second most popular area in the UK for international students, who contribute a huge amount to our education institutions, as well as to our communities, industry and economy.

“This report clearly says that the UK’s hostile immigration policy will deter international students from Scotland – but we need those students to contribute to our diverse communities.

“We need to grow and restore the UK’s position as a valuable international market – not shut ourselves off from the rest of the world.

“The appalling treatment of European students by the Tories, and the senseless scrapping of important policies like the post-study work visa have left Scotland worse off. Westminster must give the Scottish Parliament the powers to create a tailored migration system - to ensure we have a growing working population in order to boost the economy and public services like the NHS.”



Report from APPG - http://www.exeduk.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/APPG-Report-FINAL-WEB.pdf

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