The UK government is looking to reduce immigration, which could affect the ability of international students to study in Britain.
LONDON – Foreign students who want to study in Britain may be turned away unless they get a place at a “top university”, according to a report in The Times newspaper.
Ministers are said to be discussing how to reduce the flow to the UK after a record net migration was reported on Thursday.
According to the report, there will be a limit on how many family members the students can bring into the country with them. The rules only apply to overseas students who do not live in the UK
Around 1.1 million people arrived in the UK last June and around 560,000 emigrated in the same period, with net migration reaching a record 504,000, the Office for National Statistics said on Thursday.
The reported plan to ban foreign students from studying in Britain appears to be at odds with the government’s 2019 International Growth Strategy, which aims to increase the number of international students studying in the UK to 600,000 by 2030.
This target was reached when more than 605,000 non-UK students enrolled in higher education in the 2020/21 academic year, according to the Higher Education Statistics Agency.
The strategy was originally implemented to “support the UK’s education sector to access global opportunities”, according to the government’s website.
A Home Office spokesman said there would be no comment on “speculation” surrounding the idea that foreign students could be banned from entering the UK.
However, Home Secretary Suella Braverman said the record number of people traveling to the UK was “understandable” due to the war in Ukraine, displacement in Afghanistan and abuses in Hong Kong. But the British public “correctly expect” that immigration will slow over time.
“This level of migration has put pressure on shelter and housing, health, education and other public services. We need to ensure that we have a sustainable, balanced and controlled approach, which is why we continue to keep our immigration policy under review,” said Braverman. In the description.
“My priority is to combat the increase in dangerous and illegal crossings and stop the abuse of our system. Restoring public trust and regaining control of our borders is imperative,” she wrote.
The Conservative government has launched a series of initiatives since pledging to reduce net migration to the UK in its 2019 UK manifesto, including a controversial plan to deport refugees to Rwanda and a deal with France to target small boat crossings.