Writing for Politics Home, Dick Taverne highlighted the benefits that foreign students bring to Britain.
Polls show that immigration is an issue of widespread concern. But public concern is not about immigrant students whom most people welcome. They know how much foreign students benefit Britain. Industry needs them. They bring in billions to the Treasury. They enrich the quality (and income) of our universities.
Nevertheless government policies often seem to ignore these benefits and make foreign students feel they are not welcome – strict visa requirements for instance and a high minimum earnings requirement for those who want to stay after graduation. Another minor example, which few know about, causes despair and injustice to a particularly vulnerable and deserving group of young immigrants. They are those who came to Britain as unaccompanied child refugees and who are denied a chance to go to university even if they do well at school…
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