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Peers voice fears over impact of immigration bill on universities

Members of the House of Lords have said they are concerned that UK universities could be negatively affected by proposals in the immigration bill that would make it more difficult to hire staff from outside the European Union.

The House of Lords held its second reading of the immigration bill, which is designed to make it more difficult for people to enter or stay in the UK illegally, on 22 December. At the reading, Liberal Democrat peer William Wallace called for clarification on whether the public sector, including universities, would be subject to a proposed charge for hiring staff from outside the EU.

“The implications for universities appointing academic staff from outside the European Economic Area could be significant,” said Wallace.

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