Student immigration

08 November 2017

Commenting following reports that the Home Secretary is leading a push to remove students from government immigration targets, Russell Group head of policy Sarah Stevens said:

“International students help create a diverse learning environment that benefits home students. The bonds international students make at university help boost UK soft power across the globe and they make a significant economic contribution too.

“Every seven international students who start an undergraduate degree at a Russell Group university generate £1m in economic impact for the UK. They help support the delivery of high-quality teaching in our universities and create jobs across the economy.

“We need an immigration system that allows universities to continue to recruit the best students from around the world. Removing students from the net migration target is something that the government should look at closely.”

Further information on the economic impact that international students at Russell Group universities have across the UK is available here.

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