The United Kingdom is making a desperate attempt to reduce the number of non European Union students coming into the country to pursue their higher education. The government has instructed the officials taking care of the education in the country to identify the pull factors that are attracting young adults to come into the country. They have also been asked to keep a check on standards of British schools.
What is pulling foreign students to UK?
One of the main reasons that is compelling foreign students to come to the UK is the fact that they have the permission to work while studying in the country. Earlier too, such attempts have been made to reduce health tourism and benefit tourism. Now the education tourism is being targeted. The government of this country, is trying to make itself less appealing to foreigners.
Additionally, it is believed that most of the entries into the country are also because of the availability of the opportunity to learn English. English being a global language, there is a lot of demand for that language and no one wants to lose an opportunity to learn to speak the language fluently.
The remedy being used
Gaining a Tire 4 visa will be more difficult from now on, for students not applying to popular British Universities that include Oxford, Cambridge of Durham and others. In terms of cutting down the medical tourism, they have started to charge 150% of the cost of the treatment from all those who belong to the category of the non EU students. This has been in implementation since 6th April this year.
Although targets have been set for the number of immigrant students being allowed into the UK, it has exceeded the number leading to as many as 3,00,000 more students entering the country to get educated. The above mentioned number is higher than the number of those students leaving UK every year.
What do the officials say?
Speaking in this regard, a senior government official in UK said “It’s crucial for every government department to play their part in tackling immigration. As we have a cross-governmental focus on reducing immigration and tackling illegal immigrants, the correct step is to assess the role that the education system plays, not just in respect of the impact but as factor in attracting people to Britain in the first place.”
Original Source: WorkPermit