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Student immigration cap 'could have negative effect on research institutions'

Student immigration cap 'could have negative effect on research institutions'

Employers in the field of science could find they are adversely affected by government plans, if comments from one expert are anything to go by.

According to the Guardian, UK universities are concerned that cuts to science funding and an immigration cap will mean research institutions will struggle to attract top talent to work in Britain.

Speaking to the news source, Andy Haines, vice-chancellor of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine said the limit on the number of migrant workers being allowed into the country has already had an impact on the overseas students the establishment has taken on.

He added: "The students that we train go on to benefit their own countries and our economy," before explaining it is essential Britain has a reputation as "a destination for the very highest fliers in the world."

A cap on recruitment of staff from abroad, however, "will impair that mission", Mr Haines continued.

The remarks follow business secretary Vince Cable's comments on BBC Radio 4's Today programme that the immigration limit must be flexible.

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