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September 6, 2012

British Govt warned, immigration cut plan could cost major share in overseas student market

     London: British parliamentarians have warned that the UK Government's commitment to cut migration is threatening the nation's ability to expand its share of the overseas student market. Members of the Commons Business, Innovation and Skills Select Committee said that including international students in the net migration figures by the government is misleading and risks undermining a world-class export market. "There is a clear conflict between this policy and the desire to attract more overseas students to the UK. Moreover, the way in which the policy has been implemented and measured is clearly having a detrimental impact on the UK's ability to expand our share of the overseas student market," the Daily Express quoted Adrian Bailey, the committee's chairman, as saying. The committee added its voice to calls for foreign students to be removed from the net migration figures, which show the number of people entering the UK for more than a year minus the number leaving. Currently at about 216,000, David Cameron and Home Secretary Theresa May have said they want to reduce net migration to less than 100,000 by 2015. It comes in the wake the British Government revoking London Metropolitan University's authority to license visas, which now leaves over 2,000 international student facing possible deportation from the country. Earlier, British parliamentarians had slammed the UK Border Agency (UKBA) for causing chaos in the student visa system because of which 50,000 bogus foreign students had entered the UK
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