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Public Opinion on Immigration Measures

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Public Opinion on Immigration Measures

An ICM Poll conducted on behalf of British Future and Universities UK found that 59% of Britain believe the State should not attempt to reduce the number of international students.

Interestingly, the Poll found that those that took part in the survey took the view against reducing international students, even if this hinders government plans to cut immigration numbers in total. Furthermore, the Poll revealed that in fact 66 per cent of Conservative supporters are opposed to reducing international student numbers.

Mark Field MP, who is the chairman of Conservatives for Managed Migration, said in the the British Future and UUK report that it was:

“...always a mistake to include the student migrant flow within a target to reduce total immigration numbers”.

However, the Conservatives have been pursuing a policy to dramatically reduce net immigration figures. This has included a more strict approach to vetting Tier 4 student visa applications and other student applicants with credibility interviews, increases in visa application charges and restrictions on working in the UK after graduation. Graduates now only have four months to find employment and that employment must pay at least £20,500 per year.

The report published by Universities UK entitled, International students and the UK immigration debate recommends that the government:

  • remove international students from any net migration target;
  • launch a campaign overseas to “attract more international students to Britain;”
  • communicate "a consistent message that Britain welcomes international students;”
  • enhance "opportunities for qualified international graduates to stay in the UK to work and contribute to the economy;”

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