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British public want more foreign students

by Steve Beasant on 13 April, 2017

The Liberal Democrats have seized on fresh research showing that three quarters of the British public say they welcome foreign students

The Liberal Democrats have seized on fresh research showing that three quarters of the British public say they welcome foreign students after learning how much they contribute to the UK economy. Theresa May has sought to clamp down on foreign students, counting them as immigrants at a time when it is seeking to reduce the headline migration figures.

Liberal Democrat education spokesperson John Pugh MP said:

โ€œThe British public seems to grasp what the British government is incapable of understanding โ€“ that students from overseas make a huge contribution to our economy, and indeed our society.

โ€œOnly one in four people think of foreign students as migrants, which shows that Theresa May is completely out of touch with public opinion.

โ€œForeign students contribute an eye-watering ยฃ26bn to the UK economy, yet the Conservatives, who once delighted in the title of โ€˜the party of businessโ€™, are prepared to lose all that money. This is hindering their post-Brexit plans as India has made clear it will not do a trade deal with Britain unless we adopt a sensible policy on students.

โ€œThis just underlines how you canโ€™t have a hard Brexit and a thriving higher education system.โ€

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