Foreign students are reportedly to be banned from the UK unless they study at top universities

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The UK government is looking to reduce migration, which could affect the ability of international students to study in the UK.

LONDON — Foreign students who want to study in the UK may be rejected unless they have secured a place at a “top university”, according to a report from The Times newspaper.

Ministers are reportedly discussing how to reduce flows into the UK after record levels of net migration were reported on Thursday.

According to the report, there will also be restrictions on how many family members the students may bring into the country. The rules will also only apply to foreign students not already living in the UK

Around 1.1 million people arrived in the UK in the year to June, with around 560,000 emigrating in the same period, leaving net migration at a record 504,000 peopleaccording to the Office for National Statistics on Thursday.

The reported plans to discourage foreign students from studying in the UK appear to go against the government’s 2019 International Growth Strategy, which was designed to increase the number of international students studying in the UK each year to 600,000 by 2030.

To the goal was achieved in the 2020/21 academic year, when more than 605,000 non-UK students enrolled in higher education, according to the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

The strategy was originally put in place to “support the UK education sector to access global opportunities,” according to the government’s website.

A Home Office spokesman said there would be no comment on the “speculation” surrounding the idea that foreign students may be barred from entering the UK

However, it prompted a statement from Home Secretary Suella Braverman, who said it was “understandable” record numbers of people were traveling to the UK in light of the war in Ukrainethat evacuation in Afghanistan and the impact on rights in Hong Kongbut that the British public “rightly expects” migration to reduce over time.

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“This level of migration has put pressure on accommodation and housing supplyhealth, education and other public services. We need to ensure that we have a sustainable, balanced and controlled approach, which is why we continue to keep our immigration policy under review,” Braverman said in the statement.

“My priority remains to tackle the rise in dangerous and illegal crossings and stop the abuse of our system. It is critical that we restore public trust and take back control of our borders,” she wrote.

The Conservative government has launched a series of initiatives after pledging to reduce net migration to the UK in its 2019 manifesto, including its controversial plans to deport migrants to Rwanda and deals with France to target small boat crossings.

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