The Government have said that they intend to reduce net migration to tens of thousands within the course of the current Parliament.
To do this they have introduced a limit on the number of non-EU economic migrants and said they wished to see the number of migrants entering the UK as students reduced.
Concerns have been raised that the measures proposed will deter genuine, high quality students from applying to come to Scotland.
Terms of Reference
The Committee would like to announce an inquiry into the Student Immigration System consultation and Scotland. The Committee would like to invite views, in particular, on:
- How the proposal to reduce the number of international students might impact upon Scotland;
- The impact, if any, that the proposals might have on universities in Scotland;
- The impact, if any, that the proposals might have on the wider economy in Scotland;
- How the proposals might impact differently upon international students wishing to study on courses in Scotland below degree level, at degree level and post-graduate level;
- How the proposals in the consultation on post study work might impact upon Scotland;
- The level of compliance with the current system and
- the number of those applying to study
- the number of dependants accompanying students
- the rules governing work entitlement for students and dependants
- the rules governing work entitlement after a course has finished, in Scotland; and
- Alternative proposals, not included in the Student Immigration System consultation, that might control the number of international students entering Scotland more effectively.
The Committee welcomes written evidence from interested parties on any, or all, aspects of the inquiry by 25 March 2011. The Committee will be arranging public oral evidence sessions, and details of these will be announced in due course.
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