Opposition to asylum controls grows

March 5, 1999

Tens of thousands of international students could be deterred from studying in Britain as a result of "racist" new immigration and asylum controls, student leaders, lecturers and vice- chancellors have warned, writes Phil Baty.

Provisions in the Immigration and Asylum Bill could create significant disincentives for students and their families to come to Britain.

The bill will allow a scheme to charge a "security" deposit to foreign visitors who require an entry visa for Britain. Foreign students seeking visa extensions could also face charges.

The countries affected make up about 40,000 of the 200,000 overseas recruitment market.

A lobby against the plans is being arranged by the Universities Council for Overseas Student Affairs, the Committee of Vice-Chancellors and Principals and the National Union of Students.

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