Britain losing out on ‘global race to attract international students’

MPs have warned that that British universities are now “losing out in the global race to attract international students” by restricting post-study visas for global graduates.

The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Migration has published its findings into UK Post-Study Work Opportunities for International Students today (24 February 2015.)The cross-party panel of MPs and Peers warned that British universities are now losing out to other Anglophone countries with more attractive post study work opportunities such as the United States, Australia and Canada. “The government's current approach to post-study work and student migration policy is jeopardising Britain’s position in the global race for talent,” said Conservative MP Richard Bacon. “We are already losing out to countries with a more sensible approach such as Australia, Canada and the United States.”The group has called on the government to maximise the UK’s offer to international students, by opening a new route for work in the UK after graduation.“The report lays bare the negative impact that closure of the former post-study work visa has had on British businesses and universities,” said Labour MP Paul Blomfield, Chair of the APPG on Migration and Chair of the Inquiry Committee.“Alternative visa routes have failed to attract talent and have actually prevented skilled graduates from contributing to the UK jobs market,” he continued. “There is strong cross-party agreement on the need to take action to restore our reputation as the ‘destination of choice’ for international students from all countries.”

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