The Prime Minister continues to cling to the nonsensical view that foreign students should be counted in the immigration numbers. The policy was based on data since proven to be false, the PM’s assertion that 100,000 students overstayed their visa, having been established to be exaggerated by a factor of twenty. So it was heartening to see a couple of the remaining adults in the party, Sajid Javid and Ruth Davidson, weighing in on this topic. This is Davidson wielding the claymore:
“Setting an immigration target reduced to the tens of thousands is one thing when unemployment is running over 8%. Refusing to review it when the country nears full employment and sectors are reporting skills shortages is quite another…Even if that target were to stay, I see no reason why overseas students should be included within the numbers counted”.