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African academics face visa discrimination by UK

It appears that a promise by UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson to make it easier for international scientists to live and work in the UK may not extend to those from the African continent.

Johnson made the announcement via Facebook last week, revealing plans for a 'fast-track immigration route' to encourage researchers and specialists from outside the UK to utilise their skills in Britain.

But democracy professor Nic Cheeseman says while it's a nice idea in theory, the evidence suggests that in practice not all visas are created equal.

Cheeseman spoke to Cape Talk's John Maytham about the findings of a report by a British parliamentary group.

People from Africa are twice as likely to have their visa applications denied than people from anywhere else in the world.

Nic Cheeseman, Professor of Democracy - University of Birmingham

I've seen increasing numbers of very well-respected, esteemed African professors struggling to get a visa to come to academic conferences.

Nic Cheeseman, Professor of Democracy - University of Birmingham

We're talking about respected people with really good jobs who are being invited to give high-level talks who are being prevented from coming.

Nic Cheeseman, Professor of Democracy - University of Birmingham

Listen to the full interview below:


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