Search

London Met: new protest against foreign student ban

16:32 14 September 2012

John-Paul Okeke

John-Paul Okeke

Archant

More than 50 people gathered outside London Metropolitan University this afternoon in the latest protest against the Government’s ban on the college teaching overseas students.

Students, staff and members of various unions gathered in a show of solidarity with the estimated 2,600 attendees who could now face deportation.

Last month the UK Border Agency (UKBA) revoked the university’s ‘Highly Trusted Status’ which it needs to sponsor international students and authorise visas.

They accuse the university of “serious and systematic failings” and claim many of their students have no right to be here.

A lively crowd sang chants like “UKBA – deportation no way” and “Theresa May has got to go”.

John-Paul Okeke, a 30-year-old from Nigeria, who is in the second year of a knowledge management doctorate, gave an impassioned speech demanding “to see the evidence – we want a proper audit”.

Later, whilst brandishing his passport, he said: “I am gutted and so angry. I am asking myself did I waste my time and money. I did my masters in the UK and I came back because I wanted to get an education - I am not a migrant worker.

“Now I have six months to find somewhere else to study, it is impossible. It took me a year to find this place.

“I tell you, no matter the outcome international students will not want to come here now.”

Jeremy Corbyn, MP for Islington North, said: “Well done to the students, teachers and other staff for coming out today. This is a disgusting decision that 2,600 students will be thrown out through no fault of their own.

“London Met is a huge part of the community and the economy and I don’t know if it can survive with 30 per cent of its revenue removed.”

At last night’s meeting of Islington Council’s ruling executive, Cllr Richard Watts, executive member for children, schools and families, said the Government “had gone about solving this problem in the most damaging way to Islington.”

A spokesman for the UKBA said: “The revocation of London Metropolitan University’s sponsor licence was the correct course of action and we will strongly contest any legal challenge.”

He added: “The latest audit revealed problems with 61 per cent of files randomly sampled. Allowing London Met to continue to sponsor and teach international students was not an option.”

He added that they were doing everything possible to assist students.

London Met have mounted a legal challenge to the UKBA’s decision - the first hearing is in the High Court on September 21.

Students affected by the UKBA decision can get advice here: www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/sitecontent/newsfragments/72-LMU-student-page.

0 comments

Latest Islington News Stories

09:30

Islington’s housing boss today called for the power to ban Airbnb users from renting out single rooms for more than 90 days.

Yesterday, 17:41

Blackstock Road in Finsbury Park was closed at the height of the evening rush hour while police investigated a suspicious item left on a 106 bus.

Yesterday, 15:48

A member of Islington’s notorious Adams crime family has been jailed for nine years for shooting a man in the chest at point-blank range.

Yesterday, 15:06

Transport bosses are driving through with changes to the Archway bus network – ignoring 75 per cent of the people whose opinion they asked.

Yesterday, 12:39

A London Metropolitan University lecturer has set up Christmas gift exchange – for Welsh Terriers.

Yesterday, 10:48

The search for a missing teenage girl from Islington has entered its third day.

Thu, 18:02

Controversial plans to build a visitor’s centre at the foot of the Caledonian Park clock tower have won £2million in funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Thu, 16:29

A supper club bringing the taste of Zanzibar to Archway has raised more than £1,000 for a hunger charity.

PROMOTED CONTENT

If your favourite pair of shoes are on their way out, you might be thinking of throwing them away.

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read news

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Islington Gazette
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now