Seema Malhotra MP recently obtained figures on the numbers of students potentially threatened by tougher restrictions on travel.
The figures, 13,000 plus a further 10,000 from the Erasmus plus programme in the most recent year available, came through a parliamentary answer. @E is a European Union programme to facilitate study and education for people from different European Union countries.
Concern over the effect on young people of leaving the European Union was behind ones of Seema’s amendments to the Bill, which was defeated by the government.
In her speech on the Bill, Seema said: “They are our future, and we have a stake in their success, too. The way we conduct this debate and make decisions, the language we use and the way we design in relationship-building between young people across borders will be a gift we give to the next generation. That is why I am tabling amendments that call on the Government to set priorities for young people in their negotiations, retaining the rights and opportunities for young people to work, study and travel visa-free if they are under 25, so that they do not become worse off than their European counterparts.”