Lecturers at London Metropolitan University have called a protest against the UK Border Agency (UKBA) after it revoked the university’s licence to teach non-EU students.
The UKBA says some students at London Met don’t have the right to be in the country. Up to 3,000 international students from outside the European Union have 60 days to find somewhere else to study—or face deportation.
The protest takes place at 1pm on Wednesday outside the Home Office’s headquarters in Marsham Street. It is backed by London Met’s UCU and Unison union branches.
Mark Campbell, chair of the London Met UCU union, said, “We’ve called this lobby to defend our students. We need as many students as possible to join us, from London Met and elsewhere.”
Anger at the UKBA decision has spread quickly. In less that 24 hours over 2,500 people have signed a petition defending London Met students and calling for an amnesty for them.
Protest against the UKBA: 1pm, Wednesday 5 September, Home Office, 2 Marsham Street, London SW1P 4DF – Facebook event
Sign the petition calling for an amnesty for international students at London Metropolitan University
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