Higher Education: Overseas Students

House of Lords written question – answered on 24th November 2010.

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Photo of Lord Ouseley Lord Ouseley Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to limit the number of overseas students to achieve the reduction in net immigration.

Photo of Baroness Neville-Jones Baroness Neville-Jones Minister of State (Home Office) (Security)

The Government are committed to attracting the brightest and the best students to the UK, and welcome legitimate students coming here for study. We undertook in our programme for government to introduce new measures to minimise abuse of the immigration system, including abuse of the student route.

It is also the Government's aim to reduce net migration to sustainable levels; tens of thousands, not hundreds of thousands. Alongside an annual limit which will reduce the numbers who can come here to work from outside the European Union, over the coming months we will also take action against abuse of the student route, as well as that of family and settlement routes.

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