A joint study by the Higher Education Policy Institute and Kaplan International Pathways Study show international students contribute £20bn to UK economy…reports Asian Lite News
International students bring a net benefit of £20.3 billion to the UK economy, a joint study by the Higher Education Policy Institute and Kaplan International Pathways has found.
The new report will force Prime Minister Theresa May’s stand on international students coming to Britain. There are about 438,000 foreign students currently studying in the UK.
Universities have warned that classing the students as long-term migrants is deterring young people from coming to Britain to study and damaging its successful higher education sector. The government is facing a defeat in the forthcoming immigration bill as most of the cabinet and MPs are supporting the campaign to remove students from the net migration data.
“I welcome this timely report from the Higher Education Policy Institute,” said Liberal Democrat Leader Vince Cable. “This is a battle I fought for five years in government with Theresa May.
“All her cabinet colleagues seem now to realise there is a need to remove students from the immigration figures, but still nothing changes.
“The Conservatives are pursuing economic self-harm through harsh visa restrictions.
“International students enrich our economy and society and Liberal Democrats will continue defending their rights to study here.”