`Real risk of policies based on uncertain data causing damage’
25th February 2011: Less than a month after eight-week national consultation on reform of the student route to the UK came to a close, the Institute for Public Policy Research has called for better information to be made available on the impact of student migration to the UK.
Think Tank’s associate director Sarah Mulley said there is a real risk that policies based on uncertain and poor-quality data cause very real damage to our universities and colleges, and to the UK economy.
The Institute for Public Policy Research and the Higher Education Policy Institute have already asserted the evidence the government is relying on in the net migration debate to justify its proposals relating to international students is wholly unreliable.
It is also being felt that the issue of ‘abuse’ in the student system is vastly exaggerated and can be dealt with effectively by changes to the accreditation system. And, if the proposals are implemented, it will have serious negative implications for the UK’s economy and reputation.
Some of the other experts have already asserted that undependable stats being relied upon to cut down students’ number.
Immigration Minister Damian Green has also made it clear that they were going to be more selective about students `who can come here and how long they can stay’.
Green has asserted: ‘I believe attracting talented students from abroad is vital to the UK, but we must clamp down on abuse and be more selective about who can come here and how long they can stay.