Our response to the latest ONS migration statistics

Following the publication of the ONS Migration Statistics Quarterly Report today, James Pitman, a spokesperson for Destination for Education commented: 

“It is disappointing to see the UK has seen such a small increase in the number of student visas granted, especially considering Higher Education is a huge export growing dramatically on a global scale. While the UK has only granted 8% more long-term study visas compared to last year, enrolments in Canada have surged by 22%, with a 100% increase in applications from some markets. The UK is lagging behind despite the government claiming they have a target to increase education as an export. It is time for the government to work collaboratively with the Higher Education sector so that we can promote the UK as a prestigious place to study and overcome the barriers that are dissuading prospective international students. If things continue as they are, international students will continue to choose to study in other countries, which will be damaging for the reputation of UK universities world-wide.”

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Destination for Education is backed by a broad range of supporters, including: The UK’s leading universities; Pathway providers who help prepare international students for study in the UK; Business representatives; Campaign groups.