International Students, and the Battle for UK
UK has been a popular destination for students for many centuries- but this goodwill will not hold on for the upcoming years, unless there is a vast change in the way the country responds towards the students that have come to be educated here.
Theresa May, the Home Secretary, is one of the most powerful figures in the government. May controls the immigration of students, and has been responsible for the severe restrictions placed on students studying in the UK nowadays. In 2015, May proposed a change to the existing immigration laws: the changes included preventing foreign students from working in the UK during the course of their study.
Students who come to the UK on a study visa are eligible to work 20 hours a week, and many students use this work permit to earn their keep when they stay here. These are students that pay exhorbitant tuition fees, and contribute to the economy on a large scale. Depriving them of the chance to work for the duration of their studies would certainly remove the motivation of the students- who would have to rely on loans to maintain them through the month.
Moreover, the students that are being accepted into these universities in the UK are being trained and educated, but their expertise is not being applied within the UK. There is so much lost potential in this mad-rush towards preventing a foreign “takeover” of UK.
Alienating students can be an extremely expensive move, and Theresa May really needs to change her attitude, for the good of the country.