Steady on, Damian!

Immigration minister Damian Green wants to crack down on foreign students who stay in the UK after graduating. Research Fortnight news editor Brian Owens wonders if that means him.

A couple of weeks ago, I was surprised to find myself a subject of discussion on the BBC’s Today programme on Radio 4. Well, not me personally, but a group of people that includes me.

On 6 September, immigration minister Damian Green said that Home Office research had found that a fifth of the 185,000 people given student visas in 2004 were still in the UK five years later. He used this statistic to support his argument that student immigration levels were “unsustainable”, “out of control” and indicated students would be one of his main targets in the government’s reform of the immigration system. Read more in Research Fortnight.