Rishi Sunak news – live: PM mulls limiting foreign students amid Tory backlash over migration jump

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Rishi Sunak is considering a crackdown on foreign students bringing dependents and studying “low-quality” degrees after net migration to the UK climbed to a record half a million.

Around 504,000 more people are estimated to have moved to the UK than left in the 12 months to June 2022, up sharply from 173,000 in the year to June 2021.

Downing Street indicated that plans to bring overall numbers down could include putting up barriers for international students’ loved ones and restricting admissions to top universities.

This would be in line with proposals being explored by home secretary Suella Braverman, who has previously complained about foreign students “bringing in family members who can piggyback onto their student visa” and “propping up, frankly, substandard courses in inadequate institutions”.

The PM’s official spokesman insisted Mr Sunak was “fully committed” to bringing overall immigration levels down, adding that they were looking at “the issue of student dependents and low-quality degrees.”

This comes after more than 20 Conservative MPs are believed to have signed a letter to Mr Sunak demanding action to bring overall migration numbers down.

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Ban on Chinese security cameras in ‘sensitive’ government sites

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Whitehall ministries have been told existing equipment should not be connected to departmental core networks and consideration should be given to removing it entirely.

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Johnson and Truss join Tory rebellion against onshore wind ban

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Raab insists he always ‘behaved professionally’ amid bullying claims

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Johnson almost served as foreign secretary under Liz Truss, new book claims

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Watchdog apologises for telling MPs they can throw Christmas parties paid for by taxpayer

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‘Recklessly irresponsible’ Brexit rush to axe EU laws is putting safety standards at risk, warn watchdogs

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Civil servants are rushing to rewrite reams of existing regulations because the former so-called Brexit opportunities minister Jacob Rees-Mogg wants to cleanse the country of rules that originated in Brussels by the end of 2023.

Trading standards officers have now said they are concerned that ministers’ plans could see dangerous products end up on British shelves, new diseases taking hold on farms, and scammers given new opportunities to rip people off.

Our policy correspondent Jon Stone reports:

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PM faces Tory backlash over record immigration figures

Rishi Sunak faces backlash from Conservative MPs after new figures showed net migration to the UK soaring to a record high, with 504,000 more people arriving in the country than departing over the past year.

“Unprecedented” global events including the lifting of Covid lockdowns, war in Ukraine and the Chinese security clampdown in Hong Kong sent immigration figures soaring.

At 1.1 million, the total number of arrivals in the 12 months to June was the highest since statistics were first gathered in 1964 and far outweighed the 560,000 departures, despite the fact that for the first time since 1991 more EU nationals left the UK than arrived.

More in this joint report from Andrew Woodcock and Holly Bancroft:

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Rishi Sunak considers limiting number of foreign students and dependents

Rishi Sunak is considering a crackdown on foreign students bringing dependents and studying “low-quality” degrees after net migration to the UK climbed to a record half a million.

Downing Street indicated that plans to bring overall numbers down could include putting up barriers for international students’ loved ones and restricting admissions to top universities.

This would be in line with proposals being explored by home secretary Suella Braverman, who has previously complained about foreign students “bringing in family members who can piggyback onto their student visa” and “propping up, frankly, substandard courses in inadequate institutions”.

Read the details in this report:

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Rishi Sunak news – live: PM mulls limiting foreign students amid Tory backlash over migration jump

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