Conservative MPs call on Government to drop international students from migration figures

Conservative MPs are willing to vote to drop international students from the UK’s immigration figures, it has been reported.

Saturday’s Independent reports that some MPs will support a House of Lords amendment to the Higher Education and Research Bill when it comes to the House of Commons after the Easter recess.

Commenting, Anna Soubry MP, leading supporter of Open Britain, said:

“International students are of huge benefit to our universities and colleges, and to our economy. When overseas students have completed their studies and return home, their goodwill towards our country often results in business deals as well as improved international relations and understanding. 

“The majority of people don’t believe overseas students should be in our immigration statistics, and for good reason.

“The Government is showing welcome signs of pragmatism and common sense on immigration. I very much hope the Government will take international students out of the immigration figures.!

Also commenting, Neil Carmichael MP, leading supporter of Open Britain, said: 

“The Education Select Committee, which I chair, took copious evidence from universities on this issue, and I am in no doubt of the value they place on international students coming to study here in Britain. Higher education is an export industry for Britain which generates great value from international students, and no Government should seek to make it harder for them to operate.

“The higher education sector has serious concerns about any possible restrictions on the ability of international students to come to the UK. I look forward to a healthy debate when this amendment comes to the House of Commons.” 


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