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January 2017

UK shuts uni doors

Daniel Leal Olivas i Images Theresa May

The British government may look to slash the number of international students to 170,000, nearly half the current enrolment, according the Guardian newspaper, in what’s seen as a purely political move to rig immigration numbers. The government has promised to reduce net migration, a measure which includes British citizens and international students.

Unable to cut migrants from the EU until Brexit is complete, Prime Minister Theresa May is targeting students as ‘the only way … of getting net migration down to the tens of thousands,’ according to one university vice chancellor.

Previous measures introduced by Ms May have seen student numbers fall dramatically. The Office for National Statistics shows levels for all student migrants to be down at 2007 levels, representing ‘a significant fall in the number of people coming to the UK for education’. Based on Universities UK figures, the country will lose £5 billion a year in income if the proposed cuts go ahead.

Pic courtesy: Daniel-Leal-Olivas-i-Images

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