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Downing Road has stated it’s “categorically not reviewing” whether or not international college students needs to be excluded from internet migration figures.

The prime minister’s spokesman clarified the federal government’s place after earlier saying there could be an general assessment of immigration coverage.

The chancellor has recommended international college students and extremely expert staff should not a serious space of concern.

The federal government is dedicated to deliver internet migration down under 100,000.

However in accordance with Workplace for Nationwide Statistics estimates, internet migration to the UK, rose to 333,000 in 2015 – the second highest determine on document.

In proof to the Treasury Choose Committee on Wednesday, Chancellor Philip Hammond stated selections about what was lined by the web migration goal needs to be guided by public notion – and recommended extremely expert staff could possibly be exempt.

He instructed MPs: “When the general public tells us loudly and clearly that they’ve an issue with ranges of migration, it is vitally clear to me that they aren’t speaking about laptop programmers, mind surgeons, bankers, senior managers… presumably college students.

“However they’re speaking about folks competing for entry-level jobs with folks within the UK who, maybe, have a stage of abilities meaning they solely have entry to these form of jobs.”

The prime minister’s spokesman stated earlier on Thursday: “The problem of migrant numbers that may come into the nation, be it scholar or in any other case, is a matter that should be very intently checked out by the federal government as we set about establishing a brand new system.”

However later within the assertion, Downing Road stated: “The federal government goal is to scale back annual internet migration to the tens of 1000’s, and with a view to ship this we’re maintaining all visa routes underneath assessment.

“Our place on who’s included within the figures has not modified, and we’re categorically not reviewing whether or not or not college students are included.”

BBC political correspondent Alex Forsyth stated Mrs Could had constantly resisted calls to exempt worldwide college students from immigration numbers whereas she was residence secretary and it appeared, as prime minister, she was doing the identical. She added, following Mr Hammond’s feedback, it might be seen as additional proof of differing opinions inside the cupboard about easy methods to handle migration, after Brexit.