Foreign students and immigration policies


Le gouvernement britannique a récemment annoncé une restriction des politiques d’immigration. Ces politiques touchent également les étudiants étrangers voulant faire leurs études dans les universités du Royaume-Uni…

A new immigration policy was announced by Prime Minister David Cameron, who believes border controls should be strengthened. Indeed, the UK is a country which has a high immigration rate. David Cameron’s policies seem only to target illegal immigration but all types of immigrants are concerned, including foreign students. The Prime Minister no longer believes an unlimited number of non-EU students should be allowed to come to the UK for their education. He insists they are likely to claim benefits and don’t necessarily deserve to come to the UK. Should the students be considered ‘immigrants’? Some argue that foreign students should be “excluded from government plans to cut net immigration to the UK”.
The issue is clearly divisive. Nick Clegg argues that this kind of cuts does not make any sense while Prime Minister David Cameron has pledged to reduce net migration to less than 100,000 a year by 2015. Lord Heseltine, former deputy prime minister, agrees with Nick Clegg. Indeed, he regards non-EU students as assets for the country. A majority of Britons back Heseltine and Clegg on this issue.

“We want to attract the very bright entrepreneurs and students” (Nick Clegg)

What about British universities? They need the foreign students who pay expensive fees… Indeed, foreign students could be regarded as assets. If Great Britain became less attractive, it would have an impact on the way universities are financed because increasingly few foreign students would come. Therein lies the rub.
The Prime Minister’s office responded to the criticisms and insisted Great Britain would continue to welcome foreign students so they can continue to have “an impact on our communities and our public services”. But, even if the government seems to admit that foreign students are real assets, it justifies the plans with the following point: “the government is building an immigration system that is fair to British citizens and legitimate migrants and tough on those who flout the rules”.

This row is likely to rekindle tensions between the two coalition parties of the coalition. With only six months to go before the general election, David Cameron seems obsessed with plugging the rug under UKIP’s feet.


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