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Students or migrants?

Print edition : September 29, 2017

International students outside a campus of the London Metropolitan University in London, a 2012 photograph. Government figures say that tens of thousands of them have been illegally overstaying their visas. Photo: CARL COURT/AFP

British Deputy High Commissioner Andrew McAllister interacting with students at an Education UK Exhibition in Hyderabad in February 2017. Photo: Nagara Gopal

Prime Minister Theresa May. In October 2015, while still Home Secretary, she had outlined her commitment to a tough immigration regime. Photo: Jack Taylor/REUTERS

The Theresa May government refuses to change its policy on counting international students as migrants, making it tough for them to stay on legally at the end of their course, despite critics pointing to the government’s dependence on flawed data to show a rise in net migration.
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