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New research: how immigration plans will undermine our degrees

Friday 07-04-2017 - 14:57

Defending international students is a key strand of our Liber8 campaign, and today we have launched a new report looking at student perspectives on their international peers.

Student Perspectives on International Students follows the announcement that the government intends to vary the rights that international students have depending on where they study. The research aimed to find out what the impact of reduced numbers of international students would be on UK students.

Key findings include:

  • 70 per cent of students agree that any reduction in international students would impact their cultural experience at university.
  • A quarter of students believe their course could not run withou international students.
  • 78 per cent of UK students agreed that entry requirements should be the same for international studnts.
  • 75 per cent agreed that international students should be allowed to work in the UK after graduating.

The findings demonstrate that international students contribute towards diverse and exciting student communities and that UK students feel that their campuses would be diminished without them.

“This research shows that international students have a big impact on UK students.

“The suggestion by Home Secretary Amber Rudd that international students at some universities will get greater rights than others will not sit well with students, and risks leading to further declines in international student numbers at many universities.

"I sincerely hope that the government will listen to students’ views and carefully consider how their upcoming proposals on immigration rules will impact students, their courses, and their communities.”

Mostafa Rajaii, NUS International Students' Officer

The full report is available to read here, and you can find out more about defending international students and migrant rights by taking part in our Liber8 campaign.

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