The vice chancellor of Cambridge University considers the new UK immigration policy nonsensical
Professor Leszek Borysiewicz, who is a vice chancellor of the Cambridge universite has labeled the current immigration policy of United Kingdom as nonsensical. According to him it is not only damaging the educational sector, but the country in general. It makes many foreign students to think that UK is not a place where they are welcomed to study. This means that students who come from outside EU will chose other destinations such as Australia, Canada and United States. Professor Borysiewicz was born in Cardiff to Polish parents in 1950. He is a medical doctor who has specialised in research into immunology, spending most of his working life in Cambridge. His warnings that foreign students are not coming anymore to UK in such numbers as before are already coming true. Recent statistics shows less and less Indian and Pakistani students are choosing UK as their university destination since the coalition government tool power in 2010. At the same time the government is being accused of introducing such policies that discourage students from abroad to coming to UK. The government has taken numerous steps to do this. It has cut the number of Tier 1 (highly skilled migrants) visas available every year from tens of thousands to hundreds and placed a cap of 20,700 on the number of Tier 2 (General) skilled worker visas available annually. In addition to that there were also measures designed to cut the number of international students as they are also included in the net immigration statistics. Many academcs complain that this greatly damages the UK reputation internationally. The government however claims that it has not cut the number of students genuinely studying in UK, but only of those who use their student status as a cover to search for a job.
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