Magazine article Times Higher Education

Minister Belatedly Rolls out the Welcome Mat

Magazine article Times Higher Education

Minister Belatedly Rolls out the Welcome Mat

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The new immigration minister has said that he wants to welcome international students to the UK, in a departure from the threatening rhetoric he used earlier this month towards universities.

Speaking at an event at the House of Commons last week, James Brokenshire struck a much more conciliatory tone after an outcry by sector figures over his previous comments, made in his first major speech in the role.

During the event, organised by the University of Sheffield to launch a new video explaining to Chinese prospective students how to obtain a visa to study in the UK, Mr Brokenshire said that he wanted to "underline" a "message of welcome" to international students.

"Yes of course we have to put controls in place around immigration, but...[we will do so] in a clear and better way...one that does continue to encourage talented young people to want to come to study at our universities," he told his audience.

He said that he wanted to see a "thriving" university sector and international students "enriching our universities and our country". …

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