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A group of London Metropolitan University students have gathered outside of Downing Street to express their distress and anger at the UK Border Agency's decision to strip it of its right admit foreigners.
Chris Bryant, shadow immigration minister has said that the Home Secretary may be "ramping up her rhetoric" on a tougher immigration system, but "rhetoric is all it is", following migration statistics published today.
Mr Bryant said that the migration figures contradicted the government's decision to revoke a university's visa licence:
Emmanuel Eguwu, a Forensic Science student at the London Metropolitan University has said that he is "angry" at the UK Border Agency's decision to revoke the university's visa licence.
Mr Eguwu said he spent thousands on his education and "would not return to the country without a certificate".
Daniel Stevens, international students officer at the National Union of Students has said that the UK Border Agency's decision to revoke a university's visa licence is "political".
Mr Stevens said that the government are "trying to win cheap votes by picking on easy targets."
The chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee Keith Vaz has told ITV News that the government's decision to revoke a university's visa licence ahead of the new term causes "confusion".
Mr Vaz said: "The people who matter are the students. They are live human beings not statistics on a piece of paper, and they really need to be helped. We need to handle this situation a lot better.
The executive officer at the London Metropolitan University Student Union has said that news of more than 2,000 foreign students being deported after the university's visa licence was revoked is "devastating".
Syed Rumman said that the decision could put the university at further financial risk.
Sir Andrew Green, chairman of the campaign group Migration Watch UK has said that "inflated figures" had been circulated regarding the "economic value" of foreign students, after the UK Border Agency revoked the visa licence for a university.
The vice chancellor of London Metropolitan University has said that it was "a relief" to have confirmation that it has lost its right to admit foreign students after growing speculation surrounding the issue.
Professor Malcolm Gillies said:
He said the university had set up a hotline for those affected on 020 7133 4141 and would try to help them find places at other universities.
The vice chancellor at London Metropolitan University has described claims that led to the institution losing its visa licence as "not particularly cogent" and said it would be disputing them:
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