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London mayor says Britain losing out on foreign students

Published on Nov 27, 2012 6:12 AM
London Mayor Boris Johnson speaks at the higher education reception as part of London universities inernational partnership higher education mission in New Delhi on Nov 26, 2012. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

NEW DELHI (AFP) - London Mayor Boris Johnson on Monday said that Britain is beginning to lose out to Canada, Australia and other countries due to tough new visa restrictions on foreign students.

"The policy on visas is sending the wrong signal. There are so many stipulations that we're starting to lose business to Australia, America and Canada," Mr Johnson said on a visit to New Delhi. Mr Johnson, whose trip is aimed at boosting education and cultural ties between Britain and India, said he believed that the curbs could be having a damaging impact on Britain's reputation and economy.

He said he had written to British Home Secretary Theresa May to express his worries over the new rules under which students face limits on their ability to work and tougher English-language standards, among other conditions.

"As mayor I will do all I can to promote London as a place that is open for business and open to the brightest talent in the world," Mr Johnson said.

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