Wednesday 18 September 2019 / 9:39 AM Diane Abbott / Immigration

International students treated abominably by the Tories – Diane Abbott

Diane Abbott MP, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary, responding to the Public Accounts Committee’s report that says the the Home Office “rushed to penalise” international students accused of cheating without checking the reliability of the evidence said:

“These international students have been treated abominably. Some used their whole families’ savings to pay to study here, and were then deported on faulty evidence. They are owed an apology by this government. Until the Tories’ whole ‘hostile environment’ is ended, similar scandals will recur.”

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Notes

  • The Public Accounts Committee’s report published on Wednesday 18 September states that the Home Office “rushed to penalise” international students accused of cheating in the English language test scandal without checking whether evidence against them was reliable.
  • PAC claims that the Home Office had a “flawed reaction” to the “systemic failure”, and revoking visas before verifying evidence led to “injustice and hardship for many thousands of international students”.