Indian diaspora-led student association urges UK government to delete international students from immigration statistics . Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is considering cracking down on foreign students who bring dependents and enrolling in so-called low-quality degrees at mediocre UK universities .
United Kingdom: In response to unconfirmed allegations that Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is considering a crackdown on foreigners granted study visas, an Indian diaspora-led student association urged the United Kingdom (UK) government to delete international students from the country's overall immigration statistics on Friday.Since the country's net migration numbers hit record highs, Mr Sunak is considering cracking down on foreign students who bring dependents and enrolling in so-called low-quality degrees at mediocre UK universities, according to some UK media outlets.On Thursday, Downing Street reported that all ways to reduce migrant numbers are on the agenda.Any attempt to arbitrarily class universities would be counterproductive in the long run, according to the National Indian Students and Alumni Union (NISAU) UK, which advocates for simplified arrangements for Indian students studying in the UK.International students, of whom Indians represent the largest group, contribute GBP 30 billion to the British economy and return as ally states, strengthening trade, culture, and diplomacy ties.We are hopeful that the government will ensure that there is no unambiguous definition of what constitutes a top university, as the UK's higher education sector is one of our world's biggest exports, she said.The group demanded that international graduates in the United Kingdom develop a creative and creative policy framework that addresses the UK's skills and labor shortages.Over 140 UK universities, Universities UK International (UUKi), has issued a cautionary note on any policy moves that attempt to minimize international student numbers as a potential act of self-harm and place further financial burden on universities. International students play a significant cultural and financial role in the United Kingdom.They support our universities and towns in being vibrant, thought-provoking places.According to her, they provide employment in towns and cities around the country.Beyond this, the financial contribution they make has been extremely valuable to UK universities. Concerns have arisen following the latest Office for National Statistics (ONS) estimates, which show that net migration to the UK rose from 173,000 in the year to June 2021 to 504,000 in the year to June 2022, an increase of 331,000 post-Brexit.This rise was attributed to the presence of international students, with Indians outnumbering Chinese students as the largest student visa cohort for the first time.The Conservative Party-led UK government has a manifesto promise to eliminate migration in its entirety, which was reiterated by UK Home Secretary Suella Braverman in recent weeks and months.She has previously voiced reservations about international students taking in dependent family members who take a student visa, and is reported to be looking at options to address the issue.