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Universities UK comment on launch of Brexit EU migration study

27 July 2017

​Universities UK has welcomed the announcement that the UK government has asked the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) to undertake a detailed study of EU migration to help it design a post-Brexit immigration system.

Responding to the announcement, Alistair Jarvis, Acting Chief Executive of Universities UK, said: "It is right that the Government is asking for evidence and advice from universities and other sectors on the benefits of EU migration. 

"Overseas students and staff make an essential contribution to universities and regional economies throughout the UK, so it is vital we project the message globally that we are open and welcoming to international talent. Currently, 17% (33,735) of academic staff at UK universities are from other EU countries and there are more than 125,000 EU students studying at UK universities.

"There is now an opportunity to make sure that a reshaped, post-Brexit immigration system encourages talented European and international staff and students to choose the UK. Universities plan for years ahead, so it is positive that the government is seeking to avoid a 'cliff-edge' situation."


Notes

  1. The Migration Advisory C​ommittee (MAC) is an independent, non-departmental public body that advises the government on migration issues. For more information on the scope of the MAC study, please see the letter from Home Secretary Amber Rudd. ​

  1. At the start of the exit negotiations, Universities UK published a set of five priorities for the negotiations. Fuller details of these priorities can be found in the Universities UK briefing What should be the government's priorities for exit negotiations and policy development to maximise the contribution of British universities to a successful and global UK?



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