UK could lose £7 billion in the international student market, warns Jo Johnson
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The UK could lose £7 billion in education targets if it continues to squeeze out international students, former Universities Minister Jo Johnson has warned.
post study work visas, we need to consider how we can tackle and end the current hostile environment for migrants and continue to lobby to remove international students from net migration targets.”
“International students bring a wealth of experience to our environment: from the recent HEPI report we now know the international graduates not only provide skills in areas of the economy where there are real shortages but also contribute a £3.2 billion bonus to the UK economy through tax and national insurance so it’s right and fair to extend this provision.”
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Image credit: Arno Mikkor (EU2017EE) via FlickrJohnson announced a cross-party amendment to the government's Immigration Bill which would allow international students to work in the UK for at least two years after graduation. The Immigration Bill, if passed, would bring EEA citizens under British rather than EU law after Brexit. The amendment to the Bill was tabled on 26 April by Mr Johnson and Paul Blomfield, the Labour Party's Shadow Brexit Secretary and All-Party International Students Group Co-Chair. In an announcement, the MPs said that their amendment, which has strong support in Parliament, including from nine select committee chairs, would help reverse the sharp decline in the UK’s share of international students and increase chances of next generation of world leaders studying in the UK.
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