Mark Lazarowicz MP

Member of Parliament for Edinburgh North and Leith

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“Economic growth to enhance the quality of life of the world’s poorest’: Mark calls for real commitment to sustainable development

Mark is one of the MPs backing a new Motion in Parliament highlighting the importance of international students to the UK and calling for them to be removed from the Government’s target to reduce net migration.

He has signed Early Day Motion, 739, International students and net migration targets, which can be found here.
 
Mark said:
 
“International students are vital to the strength of Scotland’s universities and are an important source of income too for universities and colleges in Edinburgh, at the last count contributing £337m per year in fees and around £440m per year in off-campus expenditure to the Scottish economy annually.

“Scotland and the UK have to be open to the best talent and I believe strongly that international students should be excluded from the Government net migration target.
 
“They contribute greatly to our universities and colleges but also Edinburgh’s vitality as a city, forming close ties that can last a lifetime that can sometimes influence trade and government policy to Scotland and the UK’s advantage. 
 
“Making it difficult for international students to come to the UK is a short-sighted policy that will simply see them go elsewhere to places like the US and Australia.”

‘International students are an asset to Edinburgh’: Mark backs new Motion in Parliament to exclude them from immigration curbs

Mark is one of the MPs backing a new Motion in Parliament highlighting the importance of international students to the UK and calling for them to be removed from the...

On Holocaust Memorial Day, 27th January, which this year marks the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, Mark has issued a renewed call to reject prejudice and intolerance.

Mark said:

“I have visited Auschwitz myself and seen the collections of hair, teeth and shoes taken from victims after being transported in cattle trucks to be systematically murdered, starved through slave labour, subject to medical experiments, as if their lives had no value.

“Nazism sought to persecute and murder people on the basis of religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, political allegiance or disability: to deny the common humanity that unites us.

“The recent horrific events in Paris underline the continuing relevance of Holocaust Memorial Day.

“The vast numbers in France who marched against intolerance was inspiring and I was moved to stand with French people in the UK at a demonstration in solidarity with the victims and their families.

“Edinburgh, like the rest of the UK, is home to people from so many different countries, religions and ethnic backgrounds and is the stronger for it: we must fight prejudice and discrimination in our own society from wherever it comes.”

Amongst other activities today in Edinburgh, there will be events throughout on the different campuses of Edinburgh College, composed of Telford College, Stevenson and Jewel and Esk College, to mark Holocaust Memorial Day including small displays, a candle lighting ceremony and short films about survivors’ stories.

Holocaust Memorial Day: on 70th anniversary of liberation of Auschwitz Mark makes call to honour the common humanity that unites us and reject prejudice

On Holocaust Memorial Day, 27th January, which this year marks the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, Mark has issued a renewed call to reject prejudice and intolerance.


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