Overseas Students and Net Migration
HC 425, Fourth Report of Session 2012-13 - Report, Together with Formal Minutes, Oral and Written Evidence
- House of Commons - Business, Innovation and Skills Committee
- TSO (The Stationery Office)
The Government's desire to reduce net migration is clear, but there is a conflict between this policy and the desire to attract more overseas students to the UK; 'Overseas Students and Net Migration (HC 425)' calls on the Government to classify overseas students in a way that does not count against the overall limit on net migration.
At a time of such economic difficulty, it is vital that the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills demonstrates an active strategy to support the expansion of this important and lucrative market.
The Committee suggests that for domestic policy purposes, overseas students should be recorded under a separate classification along similar lines to the United States, so that numbers are not counted against the overall limit on net migration.
The report backs the Government's policy to remove bogus students and colleges from our Higher Education system. However, the way in which this policy is communicated must be handled carefully to ensure it does not give the impression that the UK no longer welcomes genuine students.
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