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Britain may tighten controls on visas for overseas students

Source: Agencies  |   2009-11-13  |     NEWSPAPER EDITION   SHANGHAI DAILY

THE British government is considering tighter controls on entry visas for overseas students, to address concerns that illegal immigrants are using them as an easy way to get into the country.

Prime Minister Gordon Brown said officials would look at the possibility of raising the minimum level of course for which students could gain permission to stay.

One in seven visa applications are for students, with 242,000 granted in the 2007/08 financial year and almost 100,000 refused.

Brown addressed public concern over immigration in a speech yesterday in London, acknowledging that many people in Britain fear foreign workers are taking their jobs and putting strains on local housing.

He said the visa review would also look at rules that allow students on shorter and lower qualification courses to work part-time, to see if they were filling jobs "that would be better filled by young British workers."

But the Immigration Advisory Service charity said tighter rules could hit colleges and universities, some of which rely on overseas students for more than half their income.

"Student visas represent a major source of income to this country," the charity's Chief Executive Keith Best told BBC television.

Brown said immigration was neither an issue for fringe parties nor a taboo subject.

"I have never agreed with the lazy elitism that dismisses immigration as an issue, or portrays anyone who has concerns about immigration as a racist," he said.

"People worry about whether immigration will undermine their wages and the job prospects of their children. They worry about whether their grown-up children will be able to get housing anywhere near them."

Labour ministers have long hailed immigration as benefiting the economy. But they have been accused of ignoring the worries of poorer families who blame migrant workers for their problems in deprived areas where jobs and social housing are scarce.

Those concerns have seen a rise in support for the anti-immigration British National Party, which has scored gains in local council polls and won two seats in June's European Parliament elections.

Steep rises in immigration over the past decade and a recession-led climb in unemployment are set to be a factor in a general election due by June next year.

The Conservatives pledge they would impose a cap on immigration. But Brown rejected fixed limits on migrant numbers as damaging to employers seeking workers.

He said the government would instead tighten its policy of "managed migration" through a points-based system introduced last year. This restricts visas for workers from outside the European Union to professions with recruitment difficulties.

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Post time 2009-11-14 04:36:20 |Display all floors
I would expect the Chinese government to take reciprocated steps as Britain's to prevent those entering China on a tourist visa to end up seeking employment in China. The local jobless graduates should be the immediate concern of the Chinese government to give top priority of any employment opportunities be given to them first, over and above any foreigners.

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Post time 2009-11-14 04:54:20 |Display all floors
well well... there might not be many Chinese companies who would employ a foreigner for a job a Chinese can do as well. Given the fact that foreigners will normally ask for a higher salary...

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Post time 2009-11-14 04:57:58 |Display all floors
Originally posted by sansukong at 2009-11-14 06:36
I would expect the Chinese government to take reciprocated steps as Britain's to prevent those entering China on a tourist visa to end up seeking employment in China.

Apples and Oranges, Blinky Dill.
"他不是救星, 他是一个非常淘气男孩" - Monty Python

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Post time 2009-11-15 04:57:10 |Display all floors
"All is fair in love and war."

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Post time 2009-11-15 05:07:24 |Display all floors
Originally posted by sansukong at 2009-11-15 06:57
"All is fair in love and war."


So it would be all right to suggest that Sansukong is a child molesting spy for the CIA who seeks to discredit the Chinese government and people through outrageous and false allegations ?
"他不是救星, 他是一个非常淘气男孩" - Monty Python

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Post time 2009-11-15 05:30:37 |Display all floors

Reply #6 emucentral's post

Please spare yourself the agony of showing yourself as an idiot to the world for uttering rubbish. From what you have written it does not only show your lack of comprehension of the subject matter discussed here, but it also confirm my doubts on you as a outrageous nincompoop.

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