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FOI Request: A number of 30 EU students have had funding approved, then made eligible by Student Finance
The Student Loans Company Limited (“SLC”) hold information in scope of funding withdrawn for EU students, by HEI. The number of students who had funding approved, then made ineligible (withdrawn) is 30.
It is noted that the term “ineligible” is an interpretation of student finance being “withdrawn”, which is different to where students withdraw from their course and their entitlement to student finance is re-assessed.
“Our systems do not record the specific reason why funding has been withdrawn, however I can confirm that an individual can be made ineligible for a number of reasons, including: Personal or course eligibility requirements not being. Arrears on previous student loan. Individuals have shown themselves by their conduct to be unfitted to receive support” added the Students Loan Company.
Hamdan Khan (24 years old), a graduate from 2013 at Birmingham City University talks about his journey from moving to the UK on his mothers work permit in 2007 to gain A levels and a degree to pursue his passion in photography.
Moving to the UK with his mother and younger sister, he shares his struggles on surviving daily life with his family and having to pay university fees. To the point where no income was coming in to the household
He shares how he started his own photography business at the age of 18 years to become the breadwinner of the family.
The University of Birmingham have more international students than any other university in the West Midlands according to recent data by the Higher Education statistics agency (HESA).
The data shows numbers of students who are studying at Aston University, Birmingham City University, The University of Birmingham, and University College Birmingham.
The figures are categorised as students from the UK, other European Union students and Non- European- Union students and the total amount of undergraduate students studying at these four institutions.
This chart shows that that University of Birmingham has the most enrolled students who are from other European Unions and the most enrolled student from Non- European Unions. With just about one third of international students compared to University College Birmingham and Birmingham city.
Battling two jobs to survive and pay off university fees, Mijan Rahman struggled alone to pay for his degree as he wanted to study and stay in the UK.
At 20 years old Rahman had come to Birmingham to study Business management at Aston University, with high expectations of living life as a student the tables had turned when he had started his life with a fresh start in Birmingham.
He filled up his free time with a full time job at McDonalds to help pay for his university fees; whilst attending at university full time.
“Moving from Bangladesh, I knew after I completed my degree I wanted to live in the UK. If I went back to my country all this hard work will go to waste. The job prospects are very low there; in the UK I have more opportunities.”
Rahman said he was determined to avoid going back to Bangladesh, “I had come here on a student visa 9 years ago, once my degree finished I started another course; so I would be able to extend my student visa. I had provided evidence that I was still studying”.
Extended student visa
He wanted to stay in the UK and work hard to make a life worth living in Birmingham. Rahman stressed upon how difficult it became to survive as a student and pay off the fees. “I did not want to take out a loan as I knew it would be difficult to pay off” he added.
“My visa got extended as I started another course, but my financial problems increased as I was finding it more difficult to pay my university fees. So I got a second job at Morrison’s to help me survive alone”.
Immigration statistics regarding extensions in stay state there were 2% fewer study-related grants of extension in the year ending March 2013 (99,011) compared with year ending March 2012 (100,808).
Comparing life in Bangladesh to Birmingham
He added, “I wasn’t enjoying my experience as much, I didn’t get to live the ‘free’ student life that others were living. Although I couldn’t complain much as my life here was better than in Bangladesh.”
Knowing life was better in Birmingham; Rahman knew this would end soon as he wouldn’t be able to carry on studying and juggling two jobs at once. His student visa was to come to an end soon.
“I prepared myself mentally as I knew would have to go back once this course had finished.” He said.
“Unexpectedly I started to date a British girl, our relationship had become serious. As we progressed as a couple we decided to get married. I had then applied for a British passport because I married a British woman and was able to stay here.”
Rahman, who is 29 years, is currently living in London with a job and a family as they gave birth to a baby boy 3 months ago.
“After struggling alone with my financial issues and re-applying for student visas, my life is now on the right track. I got through my degree alone; got married with no family around and now have a baby to look after.”
“Coming here on a student visa and building a new life distanced me from my loved ones, having not seen them for 9 years I am going back in a few days to Bangladesh to introduce them to my small family”.
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Immigration has become a concern for the British people who are fed up knowing that the amount of immigration is increasingly crowding the country.
A British immigrant, Nando Sigona; who is researcher on undocumented migration tweeted about the issue that was bought upon the country during the New Year of 2014, as the amount of Romanians and Bulgarians are flooding the country with immigration.
Sigona tweeted “First stir irrational moral panic on the ‘invasion’ of Britain by Romanians and Bulgarians then claim success if doesn’t happen”.
The ‘invasion’ had first startled the country, however, David Cameron had said the amount Romanians and Bulgarians is reasonable. The moral panic had caused a frustration to the British people and has triggered more distress as Cameron said the immigration levels are reasonable and nothing can be done about it under law.
The UKIP said “if things aren’t brought under control we will face a truly chaotic and shambolic state of affairs.”
In an update on Twitter UKIP tweeted “Ten million more people added to the UK population in just 25 years is staggering”. The UKIP had said stressed on their twitter feed upon how much the British people are fed up with the amount of immigration and how immigration in Birmingham needs to be controlled. UKIP said “The figures released say that 4.3 million more people will be living in the UK decade. That’s four times the size of the population of Birmingham”.
The Migration Statistics Quarterly Report, November 2013 states 503,000 people immigrated to the UK in the year ending June 2013, compared to the 517,000 people who immigrated during the previous year. 183,000 EU citizens immigrated in the year ending June 2013, not a statistically significant change from the estimate of 158,000 for the previous year.