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Foreign graduates and a rare triumph for sensible immigration policy 

Theresa May’s draconian visa curbs have been reversed, not a moment too soon 

By Jonathan Portes  

Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire/PA Images

There’s stiff competition. But while it hasn’t disrupted as many lives as her policies which prevented Britons marrying foreigners, nor was it as blatantly unjust as the Windrush scandal, Theresa May’s closure of the Post-Study Work Route—which allowed students from outside the EU to stay on in the UK for up to two years—was probably the single most economically damaging immigration policy of the Cameron government. Both common sense, as well as every credible empirical analysis that I can think of, suggests that migrants who…

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