Magazine article Times Higher Education

Injurious Visa Rules Irk Miliband

Magazine article Times Higher Education

Injurious Visa Rules Irk Miliband

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Ex-foreign secretary decries border policy debarring lucrative overseas students. Chris Parr reports.

"Boneheaded" government immigration policy is jeopardising the higher education sector by deterring international students from UK study, former foreign secretary David Miliband has said.

Prime Minister David Cameron has pledged to reduce net migration to under 100,000 by the next general election. Although the Office for National Statistics has announced it will publish disaggregated net migration figures that do not include international students, they will still be included in the overall numbers against which this target is measured.

Mr Miliband said that the government was "pursuing this political slogan of reducing immigration to tens of thousands" at the expense of developing a "sensible" immigration policy.

"What I feel passionately about is the overall policy of restricting visas for students, curtailing the rights of students to work after they complete university, and the economic, social and educational cost to the country," he told Times Higher Education after addressing students during an "in conversation" event at the University of Reading last week.

"You've got to recognise that higher education is one of our biggest assets, students from abroad are part of the game, and that by curtailing the attractiveness of British higher education, we're doing great injury to our own future."

Failure to develop a policy that encourages non-European Union students to study in the UK meant that the country was missing out on billions of pounds in potential revenue, he said. …

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