UCU warns against greater restrictions on immigration

18 November 2010 | last updated: 14 March 2019

UCU today warned the government against plans to limit immigration and warned restrictions on the number of students and academics able to enter the country would damage the UK's proud international reputation for education excellence.

The union was commenting after the Migration Advisory Committee recommended a reduction of between 13 and 25 per cent for highly-skilled workers (tiers 1 and 2) for 2011/12.
 
UCU general secretary, Sally Hunt, said: 'The UK remains one of the most popular destinations for foreign students because of our proud international reputation for excellence. We need to be able to offer places to the world's best and brightest. The last thing we want to do is send a message to academics and students that they are not welcome here.
 
'Populist policies on immigration might play well domestically, but on the global stage we risk looking foolish.'

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