• 20:43
  • 16.08.2017

Свежая новость:  Daniel Craig denies James Bond rumours

Government data on student migration 'misleading', says watchdog
политика
16.08.2017

Government data on student migration 'misleading', says watchdog

узнать больше
Government estimates of how many foreign students stay in the UK after finishing their studies are based on data that is “potentially misleading”, the statistics watchdog has warned.

Official figures from the Office for National Statistics suggest around 100,000 international students stay in the UK illegally once they have finished studying – a statistic quoted by the Prime Minister to argue the case for introducing student visa restrictions.

Experts undertaking a regulatory review of the ONS figures have expressed concerns that the data cited is unreliable, however, as student emigration numbers are based on surveys that do not provide an accurate overall picture of migration patterns.
China attacks Donald Trump's proposed trade investigation

The revelation comes amid increasing pressure placed on the British Government to remove foreign students from immigration figures and abandon plans to tighten restrictions on student visas. 

The Independent and the Open Britain group, which urges a soft Brexit, are running a Drop the Target campaign calling for the net migration goal of fewer than 100,000 to be abandoned.

Despite its omission in the Queen’s Speech, Downing Street said it remained “absolutely committed” to the target, and the Prime Minister has showed no sign of wavering on the inclusion of students within that figure.
'Michel's getting cross with us': Customs demand puts UK on collision course with EU

However, a review by the Office for Statistics Regulation published on Thursday found the ONS data “may not provide a complete and coherent picture of former-student emigration” and is “not of sufficiently high quality to meet the needs of users”.

Summarising the findings, the body's director general, Ed Humpherson, said: “I am concerned that the former-student emigration estimate does not bear the weight that is put on it in public debate. 

“This estimate should add clarity on the pattern of student migration in the UK. 
Trump calls white supremacists 'repugnant' and racism 'evil' after days of criticism

“Instead, it creates doubts by not providing a complete and coherent picture of former-student emigration, as these figures alone do not provide information on all the different outcomes for international students.”

New emigration data collected by the Home Office last year suggested the true number of students overstaying their academic visas was closer to around 1 per cent of the official estimate of 100,000 – equating to 1,500 per year.

Writing for The Independent on Thursday, Liberal Democrat leader Sir Vince Cable said “wrongly inflated” migration numbers had fuelled immigration “panic” to the detriment of much-needed international students.
Merkel commands hefty poll lead as she kicks off re-election campaign

“The case of overseas students illustrates the absurdity of the [net migration] target and the malign consequences of it,” he said.

“The vast majority of students return home – apart from a few who have special skills and are recruited for post-study work, and some others who illegally overstay. 

“The problem is that we don’t know how many overstay because the Border Agency did not, until recently, count people out as it counts people in. 
Indian MP says Theresa May should apologise for British colonial rule

“It operates on guesswork and on the basis of an airport survey which is laughably inaccurate and wildly exaggerates the numbers of over-stayers.”

Courts have ruled that 48,000 overseas students have wrongly been sent home without completing their courses, he added, “in some cases sacrificing a lifetime of earnings and borrowings by a poor family”. 
Donald Trump met by angry protesters on return to Trump Tower

“One of Britain’s most successful export industries – higher education – was, and is, being sacrificed by Theresa May’s Home Office in pursuit of the immigration target.”

Summarising its review, the Office for Statistics Regulation said the emigration estimate for students “should represent the best available estimate of student emigration and should clarity on the student migration gap”.

Instead, it “creates doubt about the pattern of student migration and generates a narrative that is potentially misleading for a topic of major public interest and policy sensitivity”.
UK suggests 'temporary customs union' with EU

James Pitman, head of Destination for Education, which prepares international students for study in the UK, said: “Immigration policy is being based on flawed data which does not accurately represent the nature of international students, who are not long-term migrants and contribute to both the UK’s economy and soft power. 

“Higher Education is the second biggest contributor to the UK’s balance of payments, with £26bn of gross output for the UK economy. 

"In order to achieve the Government’s ambition for a truly Global Britain, we need to encourage international students to come to the UK so that our local and national economies can continue to benefit and improving the data we have on international students is the first step in the right direction.”
Poll reveals more than half of the UK want Prince William as next king
2700732
узнать больше
Важно знать
image
шоу-биз
16.08.2017
Jaden Smith opens up about love for Justin Bieber
image
политика
16.08.2017
A Republican Senator had the perfect response to Trump's weak criticism of neo-Nazis
image
здоровье
16.08.2017
The best exercise for weight loss
image
шоу-биз
16.08.2017
Princess Diana was delighted by Charles's 'Camillagate' humiliation, new book reveals
image
шоу-биз
16.08.2017
Celebs who scandalously cheated with their co-stars
image
политика
16.08.2017
Merkel commands hefty poll lead as she kicks off re-election campaign
image
интересно
16.08.2017
Donald Trump's father 'arrested at KKK riot in New York in 1927'
image
шоу-биз
16.08.2017
The truth about being a Victoria's Secret model
image
политика
16.08.2017
The Sun's 'Muslim Problem' is reminiscent of Nazi propaganda
image
в мире
16.08.2017
Saudi prince who started the Yemen war ‘wants to end it’
image
политика
16.08.2017
Trump calls white supremacists 'repugnant' and racism 'evil' after days of criticism
image
политика
16.08.2017
'Michel's getting cross with us': Customs demand puts UK on collision course with EU
image
шоу-биз
16.08.2017
Natalie Cole's son Robert Yancy dead at 39
image
политика
16.08.2017
David Davis aide to launch anti-Brexit political party
image
шоу-биз
16.08.2017
Revealed: The truth about 'mystery car' in Diana guard death conspiracy theory
image
шоу-биз
16.08.2017
Jury finds former DJ guilty of assaulting Taylor Swift
image
политика
16.08.2017
Poll reveals more than half of the UK want Prince William as next king