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Pressure on government builds ahead of immigration proposals

Senior figures in science and higher education are piling the pressure on the government to ease cross-border mobility of researchers ahead of the publication of the immigration white paper.

Speaking at a hearing held by the House of Lords European Union Home Affairs Sub-Committee on 5 December, Vivienne Stern, director of Universities UK International, and Beth Thompson, head of UK and EU policy at the Wellcome Trust, sought assurances on the status of students and academic staff who are EU nationals from outside the UK in the case of a no-deal Brexit. 

“We assume from what the prime minister said that citizens’ rights would be unilaterally protected and we would need to see some detail about how that would work in practice,” Stern said.

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