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Opinion: Why the UK's new 'Graduate route' is not a good for Ghana's economy

In the early days of March, 2021, the UK government through the UK Embassy in Ghana announced a new Graduate Route which is set to commence in 1st July, 2021.

Route is for international students who want to work following the successful completion of a course of study at UK bachelor’s degree-level or above. Thisnisnintemded to allowing the UK to retain the brightest and the best international students to continue to contribute to society and the economy post-study.

The publication further indicated that International students must have completed an eligible course at a UK higher education provider, with a track record of compliance with the government’s immigration requirements to apply to the Graduate route. Students on the Graduate route will be able to work or look for work after their studies for a maximum period of 2 years, or 3 years for Doctoral students.


The launch of the new Graduate route shows that the government is continuing to deliver on its key manifesto promise to implement a points-based immigration system, which will attract talent and ensure that businesses can recruit the most highly qualified from across the globe to drive the economy forwards.The Graduate route will work for all corners of the UK, ensuring that communities in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland can benefit from talented individuals who want to stay after their studies.

It is worth noting that it's good news to have gotten employment in the UK, where working conditions and payment is believed to be better. However, problem comes in when experts who are in most cases sponsored by Government of Ghana and other state agencies do not return to contribute to the development of the nation.

It could be seen that the annual revenue which government raises to find developmental projects are in part raised from tax from salaries of workers. The higher the number of employed workers the higher the revenue a country will be able to raise and the higher development it is able to embark on, outing aside other factors that limit development. This would subsequently lead to the improvement in living conditions of citizens.

One cannot pretend to be unaware of the state of the economy of Ghana. We currently have experts in various fields in countries they beleive pay them better for their services, "brain drain" is what experts call it. The ability of a country to handle a host of challenges as well as coming out with new initiation play ankeybrole in developing the nation.

It should w acknowledge that the UK is working to help Ghana tackle it's unemployment issue. However, it is worth noting that, when students who graduate find lucrative jobs there and fail to return, which batch of trained experts will come back to out in their expertise in the development of the country? What I know is that, students are sent abroad to study and learn new ideas, the return to their home countries to inculcate their knowledge in policies and projects that will result in the improvement in the lives of people. Why then diner have allow these you g and vibrant graduates stay there to work when Ghana needs more experts?

"The new route will help the government to achieve the ambition set out in the International Education Strategy to increase the number of international students in higher education in the UK to 600,000 by 2030. The Graduate route comes as the government also unveiled plans to launch another new immigration route that will help start-ups and fast-growing firms recruit the talent they need to innovate and grow at yesterday’s Budget as part of a range of measures for highly skilled migrants. As part of the route, highly skilled migrants with a job offer from a recognised high-growth firm will qualify for a visa without the need for sponsorship or third-party endorsement," parts of the statement published on the https://www.gov.uk/government/news/graduate-route-to-open-to-international-students-on-1-july-2021 on March 4 revealed.

The above quote reveal that, it is a chem to use vibrant graduates and their fresh ideas and Innovation to build the UK economy, TM the detriment of their home countries. The UK government is doing everything to make it attractive to foreign students hence the decision make it unsponsored, meaning applicants will not need a job offer to apply for the route. There will be no minimum salary requirements nor caps on numbers. Graduates on the route will be able to work flexibly, switch jobs and develop their career as required.

The argument is that, more and more students who wish to stay outside will go and never return. Reducing the number of trained experts the country can look up to, which will further lead to low productivity, the upshot is economic underdevelopment.

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