Universities vulnerable to immigration crackdown

Scottish universities are vulnerable to a crackdown on immigration because of their increasing reliance on fees paid by international students, according to Universities Scotland, which represents principals, writes Andrew Denholm for The Herald.

Some 22% of students north of the border now come from countries such as China, the United States, India and Malaysia compared to 19% across the rest of the United Kingdom. Over the past decade, numbers have risen by 80% with income from fees now amounting to more than £488 million (US$681 million) annually.

The sector is concerned about its ability to continue to recruit international students in such numbers because of the tough stance on immigration adopted by the Westminster government and the lack of post-study work visas. The issue was raised in a submission to a consultation on the issue held by the Westminster Migration Advisory Committee.
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