UK: Immigration cap may damage higher educationThe Guardian.
Universities already face restrictions on the number of international academics and researchers they can sponsor to work in the UK after the government announced an interim cap on migration of non-EU highly skilled and skilled workers in July. Ministers want to reduce numbers from 196,000 last year to tens of thousands by 2014.
The higher education sector relies heavily on overseas talent, particularly in areas such as clinical medicine, physics, engineering and chemistry. Last week, a group of Nobel laureates called for elite scientists and engineers to be given exemption from the rules, like Premier League footballers.
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