Saturday, 15 September 2012


Kent Green Party is opposed to the action of the UK Border Agency, part of the Home Office, in removing the right of London Metropolitan University to accept foreign students(1). Stuart Jeffery, Chair of Kent Green Party, comments: “The Government’s action in preventing London Metropolitan University from taking foreign students will rebound negatively upon Kent’s universities (2). Because the Government has made getting a visa far more difficult by creating a demanding process, foreign student visa applications dropped 21% June 2011-June 2012, meaning a loss of income has already started (3). London Met’s 2700 foreign students are now attempting to find places to start or to continue their studies. “Kent Green Party supports the calls for an amnesty for the students affected. It is also essential that foreign students be taken out of the migration statistics since they do not have permanent right to remain in this country. “This case is already being reported abroad (4). There can be little doubt that potential foreign students, worth about £12.5 billion to the UK economy, will be deterred from applying to the UK in future. Kent Greens are concerned about the viability of courses and the impact upon jobs in Kent’s university sector. Universities have neither the staff nor the resources to act as miniature versions of the UK Border Agency, which is constantly changing rules it uses. Existing and future students should not be treated like this, nor should the Coalition Government damage lives and the UK economy by its ill-judged action. The UK should aspire to be a world leader in education, yet this atrocious move will severely damage our international reputation." ends FURTHER INFORMATION: Stuart Jeffery, Chair, KENT GREEN PARTY 07970 436029. Contact address as above. Please leave message if necessary on any of these numbers and we will try to get back to you shortly. KENT GREEN NEWS, free monthly ezine, is available at Published by Kent Green Party and promoted by H.Dawe, both at 27, Audley Avenue, Tonbridge, Kent TN9 1XF. Notes: 1. Foreign students are those requiring visas to stay in the UK, unlike students from the European Union and the European Economic Area states; 2. Including the University of Kent, the University of the Creative Arts, the University of Kent at Medway and further education colleges which are have foreign students on their Higher Education courses. 3. 4. Some examples include: Japan: Sri Lanka:


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