Welcoming international students to the UK

International students enrich Britain economically, socially and culturally. But, worryingly, the number of student visas issued for all post-18 study has declined since 2009 and recently the number of full-time overseas entrants to English universities has fallen for the first time in 29 years, with a particular drop in students from South Asia.

Analysis has forecast that international students contribute approximately £8 billion annually to the UK economy. They contribute to Britain's intellectual capital and strengthen our skills base, essential to Britain's future prosperity. Their impact on public services and social cohesion is minimal. Only about one in five international students actually stay in the country after their studies. They develop strong ties to Britain and become ambassadors for Britain, promoting our businesses, institutions and values. 

It should be of enormous national pride that our universities are among the world's best. Government should not undermine them with immigration policies that deter the number of talented students who can study at them. Indeed, the majority of the general public do not believe the level of student immigration into the UK should be reduced.

So we are urging all political parties to adopt the approach of countries like Australia and Canada and, as a first step, remove international students from the government's net migration target after 2015.

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First name Second name Position Organisation
Alison Wakefield University lecturer University of Portsmouth
Sam Hall Researcher Bright Blue
Laura Round Bright Blue
James Dobson Researcher Bright Blue
Hamish Scott Student Durham
Stephania Madigan
Matt Hemsley Lib Dem member
William Mitchell Student LSE
Michael Brown Postgraduate student University of Lincoln
George Fielding Student Royal Holloway
Robin Phelps
James Dobson Bright Blue
Ekaterina Berkova
Ben Caldecott Programme Director Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, University of Oxford
Pravin Jeyaraj Doctoral Researcher University of Westminster
Adam Tickell Provost and Vice Principal University of Birmingham
Philip Wood Associate Professor Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations
David Taylor
Jack Sewell Student University of Nottingham
Alistair Levie EFL Teacher St Giles International
Maya Jones Student University of St Andrews
Daniel Pitt
Alistair Jarvis Director of Communications and External Relations Universities UK
Smita Jamdar Head of Education SGH Martineau LLP
Diane Banks Business Owner Diane Banks Associates Ltd
Keith Tomlinson Director Tomlinson Research Limited
Gillian Broadbent
Christopher Bond
Colin French
Christopher Durai-Bates
Alastair Bateman
Avinash Mehrotra MBA candidate Manchester Business School
Nikhil Jejurikar MBA Candidate Manchester Business School
Alicia Arribas
Hiten Vaghmaria
Shaun Teo MBA Candidate Manchester Business School
Asfar Rizvi Full Time MBA Student Manchester Business School
Naveen Viswanatha MBA student Manchester Business School
Aminata Ba MBA student Manchester Business School
Arunava Bardhan Full Time MBA Manchester Business School
Phil Galvin Associate Director MBA Consultancy Manchester Business School
SACHIN SARASWAT FULL TIME MASTERS IN BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION STUDENT MANCHESTER BUSINESS SCHOOL
Omayr Ghani Candidate MBA
Shakti Mohapatra MBA Student Manchester Business School
Robyn Bray
Graeme McLeod Consultant & Honorary Reader in Anaesthesia NHS Tayside & University of Dundee
Richard Kirkham Senior Lecturer in Law University of Sheffield
Jonathan Bates
Iain Forrest
Lisa Wade MPhil Student University of Cambridge

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