Exclude students from immigration target, say prospective Tory MPs

Almost 80% of prospective Tory MPs think international students should be excluded from any target for reducing migration, a new survey has revealed.

The Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) conducted a small survey among Conservative candidates in place to fight the 2015 general election. The survey excluded sitting MPs.

According to the survey, 69% of Conservative candidates think the UK should aim to recruit all legitimate international students, not just the brightest and best.

It also shows that 88% of Conservative candidates think international students should not automatically be allowed to stay in the UK to work after their studies for a time-limited period.

“The Home Office’s approach to foreign students is not just out of line with voters, it is apparently out of line even with the Conservatives’ own election candidates,” Times Higher Education quoted Nick Hillman, the HEPI Director to have said.  He added that the “whole university sector must redouble its efforts to explain the benefits that post-study work can offer”.

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