UK PM David Cameron Visits India in Bid to Encourage Indian Migration

UK Prime Minister David Cameron arrived in India yesterday in a fresh bid to persuade Indian students and businessmen to come to the UK. This is the Prime Minister’s second trip to the nation and comes amid concerns that the Coalition’s immigration policies are putting off foreigners who have the ability to potentially boost the UK’s economy.  The possible decline in Indian migration to the UK (in particular student migration) has been attributed to tough immigration laws and could be seen as the result of the Immigration Bill.

David Cameron: “No Limit” on Indian Students

In an interview with the Times of India, the Prime Minister denied that the Coalition’s tough line on immigration is putting off tens of thousands of Indians who want to study in the UK. It has already been reported that the number of Indian students in the UK fell to 16,000 last year down from 61,200 in 2009.

Speaking to the online Indian news website, David Cameron expressed his wishes for Indians to not only study in the UK but also to work. He stated:

“My message is very clear. We want to attract the brightest and the best to Britain.”

ONS Statistics on Visas Issued to Indian nationals

Figures released by the Office of National Statistics at the end of August showed that there is twice the amount of long term net migration from outside the EU than there is from inside it. In 2012, there were 48,000 visas issued to Indians which was more than three times the amount given to Australians who got the second most.

However, despite this there was still a fall in the number of students combined with an 8,454 drop in Pakistani students – halving the number issued in 2011 – contributed to a 5% drop in the number of visas issued to all foreign students last year.

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