Foreign students: an idiotic decision


There are other questions that should be asked after this week’s withdrawal of London Met’s favoured status for sponsoring students from outside the EU, such as why the UK Border Agency took this drastic step on such limited evidence. And how far either Vince Cable or David Willetts was consulted, seeing as higher education falls into their departmental brief, and yet both men are officially on holiday. If officials found that 26 out of their sample of 101 students had no valid visa to remain in the UK, that is an argument for investigation – not for causing mayhem for about 2,700 non-EU students, many part of the way through degrees or PhD research, and who now have 60 days to find an alternative place of study, or otherwise to face deportation. UKBA does not even try to claim that all the 2,700 are here illegitimately.


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