UK International Students Net Migration
Britain, like Australia, cuts nose to spite face?
Net migration to Britain has fallen by a quarter over the past year, from 242,000 to 183,000, the Office for National Statistics has reported.
The decrease is the first fall in the figures since the government set its target to reduce annual net migration to below 100,000 by the next general election.
Official statisticians say the fall of nearly 60,000 in the year to March 2012 has been driven by a reduction in the number of overseas students coming to study in Britain and a rise in the number of people leaving Britain with a definite job offer abroad….
…The continuing squeeze on overseas student numbers as a result of the government’s policy is reflected in separate Home Office student visa data showing an even larger (29% or 70,000) fall in visas issued for study in the year to this September….
….”At the same time, we continue to attract the brightest and best: these figures show that there has been a small increase in the number of sponsored student visa applications for the university sector – and a further increase in student visit visas. It’s clear that international students continue to come to the UK’s world renowned universities.”
But Sarah Mulley of the Institute of Public Policy Research said the figures showed that the government would still struggle to meet its target: “Steps to reduce abuse of the student visa system are welcome, but if the government’s net migration target is to be met, they also need there to be a dramatic fall in the numbers of genuine foreign students. This will come at a significant economic cost,” said Mulley.”
Politicians, appealing to anti immigration and racist lobbies are both “cutting the nose to spite the face” while simultaneously damaging an important export industry and Britains’s reputation?