The vice chancellor of Cambridge University considers the new UK immigration policy nonsensical


Professor Leszek Borysiewicz, who is vice-chancellor of Cambridge University has labelled the current immigration policy of the 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 think that the UK is not a place where they are welcomed to study. This means that students who come from outside EU will choose other destinations such as Australia, Canada and the 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 the UK in such numbers as before are already coming true.

Recent statistics show less and less Indian and Pakistani students are choosing the UK as their university destination since the coalition government took power in 2010. At the same time, the government is being accused of introducing such policies that discourage students from abroad coming to the 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 academics 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 the UK, but only of those who use their student status as a cover to search for a job.

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