Foreign students ‘not exempted from migration figures’ – BBC News

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Downing Street has stated it is “unconditionally not evaluating” whether foreign trainees must be omitted from net migration figures.

The prime minister’s representative clarified the federal government’s position after earlier stating there would be a total evaluation of migration policy.

The chancellor has actually recommended foreign trainees and extremely proficient employees are not a significant location of issue.

The federal government is dedicated to bring net migration down listed below 100,000.

But inning accordance with Office for National Statistics approximates, net migration to the UK, increased to 333,000 in 2015 – the 2nd greatest figure on record.

‘Possibly trainees’

In proof to the Treasury Select Committee on Wednesday, Chancellor Philip Hammond stated choices about exactly what was covered by the net migration target ought to be assisted by public understanding – and recommended extremely proficient employees might be exempt.

He informed MPs: “When the general public informs us loudly and plainly that they have an issue with levels of migration, it is extremely clear to me that they are not speaking about computer system developers, brain cosmetic surgeons, lenders, senior supervisors … perhaps trainees.

“But they are speaking about individuals completing for entry-level tasks with individuals in the UK who, maybe, have a level of abilities that indicates they just have access to those type of tasks.”

The prime minister’s representative stated previously on Thursday: “The problem of migrant numbers that will enter into the nation, be it trainee or otherwise, is a concern that will need to be extremely carefully took a look at by the federal government as we commenced developing a brand-new system.”

But later on in the declaration, Downing Street stated: “The federal government goal is to decrease yearly net migration to the 10s of thousands, and in order to provide this we are keeping all visa paths under evaluation.

“Our position on who is consisted of in the figures has actually not altered, and we are unconditionally not examining whether trainees are consisted of.”

BBC political reporter Alex Forsyth stated Mrs May had actually regularly withstood calls to exempt global trainees from migration numbers while she was house secretary and it appeared, as prime minister, she was doing the exact same. She included, following Mr Hammond’s remarks, it would be viewed as more proof of varying viewpoints within the cabinet about the best ways to handle migration, after Brexit.

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