May forced into dropping foreign students from immigration numbers
By Vince Cable MP, Leader of the Liberal Democrats
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats
It has been reported that Theresa May will be forced into dropping foreign students from official immigration figures.
For years Theresa May has stubbornly refused to accept that international students are not immigrants, while the Home Office has wildly exaggerated the number of those who overstay.
This absurd policy has fuelled concerns over immigration numbers and done serious damage to our universities.
It's about time the government dropped this completely self-harming approach.
International students generate over £25 billion for our economy and support thousands of jobs across the country.
We should be encouraging more students to come and spend their money in the UK, instead of needlessly hampering one of Britain's most successful export industries.