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A commons report shows that almost £400 million has been lost in the past six years in Government loans had been made to students from Europe – and British taxpayers are footing the bill.

One in five European students run away without paying back what amounts to millions of pounds in loans to study at UK universities.

Twenty-two per cent of students from EU member states have not been ‘traced’ after graduating – leaving UK taxpayers to pick up the bill.Watch movie online Get Out (2017)

The Daily Telegraph reported on a study by the House of Commons library which revealed that EU students were ‘much less likely’ to repay their loans at all and more likely to go missing.

In the past six years almost £400 million in Government loans had been made to students from Europe.

UK taxpayers handed out more than £100 million in loans in 2010-2011 to fund the UK education of those from countries such as Germany, France, Cyprus, Romania, Bulgaria and Lithuania.

These students can apply for the same government support as British students to complete courses here, but critics do not believe the repayment of their debt is as vigorous in their own countries.

The UK system of repayment means students reduce their debt with direct payments to the taxman through PAYE when salaries are over £21,000 a year.

There are fears that hundreds of millions of pounds in loans to EU students may be written off and the bill is likely to rise with the introduction of tuition fees of up to £9,000 for the first time last September.

The Telegraph reported that Parliamentary research carried out for Hertsmere Conservative MP James Clappison, analysed EU students who claimed loans up to 2010.

The report revealed that EU students were ‘much more likely to have not been traced’ after graduating, with 22 per cent failing to tell the Student Loans Company where they were. This compared with just two per cent of all borrowers.

Mr Clappison told the paper: ‘I think this should raise serious questions with the Government about how effective we are at getting our money back through the student loans system.

‘This is clearly an issue that needs a lot more attention particularly as tuition fees rise.’

This is not an immigration issue, but rather one of incompetent officials failing to collect public money, in the same way that the NHS fails to get other EU countries to repay hospital bills for its citizens.

Even though they are EU members, when it comes to employment Bulgarian and Romanian citizens do not have the same rights as other Europeans.

Bulgarians and Romanians may freely travel to the UK to exercise their rights under Article 39 and apply for a Yellow Card registration card to work and study full time whilst studying for a vocational qualification, such as NVQ or QCF in Customer Service or Health and Social Care

On the new BR1 yellow and blue card form, Romanians and Bulgarians who have stayed for over three months while, for example working in a restaurant on a ‘self employed’ basis or for ‘cash’, could be asked to explain what they have been doing and how they have lived in the UK since they arrived.

Yesterday, David Cameron announced curbs on benefits for EU migrants coming to live in Britain who will now have to prove they are “genuinely seeking employment” to claim UK jobless benefits for more than six months.

If you have been arrested or detained, need any immigration advice or are worried about the new immigration rules or need help with Sponsorship or Tier 1, 2, Tier 4, applying for university if your college has closed, Spouse Visa, ILR/Settlement, Citizenship, Dependant Visa or an appeal against a refusal, or if you have been waiting for a reply from the Home Office for longer than a year, please email: or visit for free immigration news updates.

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Majestic College offer special packages for EU students. They also have a number of employers looking for staff right now and are willing to employ Bulgarians and Romanians.

For more information call Joanna on 0208 207 or email:

Highly Trusted provider Spinnaker College are holding OPEN DAYS at their London study centre on the 8th and 9th April. In country Tier 4 and EU students, such as Romanians and Bulgarians, as well as those with issue with their previous college are welcome.

Qualified legal advisers will be on hand for free immigration consultations to in-country students affected by the closure of their college.

To register for this FREE event, email: or call 0795 747 0180 to speak to a student adviser.

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