Commenting on Vince Cable's remarks, Sir Andrew Green, Chairman of Migration Watch UK, said:
"Vince Cable is not only completely out of touch with public opinion but also completely wrong on his facts. University applications went up by 5% last year. The fall in students was almost entirely amongst college applicants from the Indian Subcontinent where there has been extensive evidence of a large number of bogus student applications. Vince Cable might not want to control immigration but the public overwhelmingly do."
Note to Editors
* University applications were up by 5% in the year ending March 2013.
• See Migration Watch UK Briefing Paper Number 2.23 'Indian Students in the UK – Some Essential Context', February 2013 for more on Indian Students in the UK over time.
• See Migration Watch UK Briefing Paper Number 2.19 'Students: Genuine or Bogus?', July 2012 for more on abuse of the student route.
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