By Daniel Hunter

The Business, Innovation and Skills Committee has today renewed its call on the Government to remove international students from its migration target while they are in the UK studying.

“MPs are right to feel frustrated by the Government’s inaction on student visas. Now that the overall net migration figures are falling, ministers should remove students from the target," Simon Walker, Director General of the Institute of Directors, said.

"It is good for our economy, our universities and our international trade links to have the world’s brightest people coming here to study, and it is deeply unwise to push them into the arms of our competitors. David Cameron recently sang the praises of Indian and Chinese students who want to come to Britain — it is high time he acted to ensure Government policy encourages them to do so.”

The Committee criticised the Government for responding to its recommendations only after an ‘extended delay’, adding that the response fell ‘short of the level of quality’ expected from a Government Department.

In the Committee’s opinion, the evidence used by the Government to reject the removal of students from the net migration target of below 100,000 a year was ‘too weak to justify a policy with such profound implications’ for the education sector.

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