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The British government is considering tightening the rules on how many relatives immigrants can bring into its country.
PLATFORM TIMES gathered that, a recent research by the United Kingdom Home office uncovered that Nigerians had the highest number of dependents in the country compared to other groups of migrants.
The UK Home Secretary, Suella Bravermarn said the government was considering tightening the rules on dependants after Home Office immigration figures showed a “surprising inconsistency” across different nationalities coming to the UK to work and study.
From the Home Office report, PLATFORM TIMES gathered that Nigerians accounted for 40% of all dependants who accompanied foreign students in the 12 months to June 2022- despite Nigerian students making up just 7% of all foreign students in that period.
According to the report, some 34,000 Nigerians were given study visas in the UK bringing with them a total of 31,898 dependents. A similar ratio was recorded for work visas, with 8,972 Nigerians issued with one in the 12 months to June bringing with them 8,576
“On average, Nigerians bring in almost one dependant each, compared with an overall ratio for foreign students of one in six.
“While 114,837 Chinese students who came to the UK last year brought with them a total of 401 dependants – and 93,049 Indian students came to Britain with 24,916 dependants, the fiqures show.”
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