Foreign students: losing a battle, perhaps winning a war

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No British government ever wishes to be seen as soft on immigration. That’s particularly true of a government that is trailing consistently badly in the opinion polls and whose reputation on immigration is one of its few remaining strong suits with the voters – both of which are true of David Cameron’s government. This basic – and base – political calculation provides the background explanation for – even if it does not excuse – the coalition government’s general determination to slash student visa numbers and its specific preference for a zero tolerance approach towards the 2,700 overseas students caught by last month’s sudden ban on the teaching of non-EU foreign students by London Metropolitan University. The callous treatment of those students is a disgrace both to the government and, more worryingly, to Britain’s wider reputation as a world-class university destination

 

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