Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesman Liam McArthur MSP has today said the UK Government must take up the recommendations of a new report calling for skilled international students to be allowed to remain in Scotland and work after they graduate.
A report published today by the Cross-Party Steering Group on Post Study Work, of which Mr McArthur is a member, sets out ten practical recommendations for the reintroduction of a post-study work visa.
Mr McArthur said: “This important report sets Scotland out on the path to reintroduce the post-study work visa, something I whole-heartedly support.
“Scotland can lay claim to world-class higher and further education institutions. The international students they attract enrich Scotland’s intellectual, social and cultural life while also contributing significantly to the economy through fees and wider expenditure.
“It is perfectly clear that reintroducing the post-study work visa to allow skilled students to stay in Scotland after they graduate would help our economy and society as a whole.
“Those were the conclusions reached during a debate on this issue at Scottish Liberal Democrat conference last week. And this is the basis for the recommendations from the cross-party group, which are clear, deliverable and must now be taken up by the UK Government.”