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Britain's immigration laws 'favour footballers over scientists', Nobel prize group say

New Immigration laws appear to suggest that Britain values footballers more than scientists, a group of Nobel prize-winning experts have said.

The group of eight Nobel laureates, including two Russian migrants who won the physics prize on Tuesday, has urged a retink on the government's newly introduced visa policy, saying Britain’s reputation for scientific excellence was under threat.

The scientists called on ministers to make similar allowances for the elite players in science and industry as have already been made for top athletes, such as Premiership footballers, wishing to work in Britain.

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