Rishi Sunak is considering cracking down on foreign students after net immigration jumped to a record half a million this year.
Downing Street said international students could be banned from taking “low-quality degrees” and restricted from bringing their families with them under plans being considered to curb overall immigration.
The prime minister’s spokesman said the government would consider all options to reduce numbers after figures published by the Office for National Statistics showed total migration reached an estimated 1.1 million in the year to June.Read:I did my own research to help block Christmas Covid lockdown
An estimated 560,000 people immigrated, leaving net migration at a record high of 504,000 in the past 12 months.
This is more than double the net immigration of 239,000 recorded in the past 12 months and higher than the previous Brexit record.Read:Liz Truss rebuked for ‘cheap’ jibes at hustings after criticising media | Conservative leadership