Policy is being based on flawed data

Today the UK Statistics Authority published its report on the quality of long-term student migration statistics. 

James Pitman, a spokesperson for Destination for Education said:

 “We welcome the UK Statistics Authority’s report and agree that the data on international students needs to be improved. Immigration policy is being based on flawed data which does not accurately represent the nature of international students, who are not long-term migrants and contribute to both the UK’s economy and soft power. Higher Education is the second biggest contributor to the UK’s balance of payments, with £26 billion of gross output for the UK economy. Already, it has been found that the UK’s falling status as a higher-education provider has come at a cumulative cost of £9bn to GDP over the last 6 years. We need to encourage international students to come to the UK so that our local and national economies can continue to benefit and improving the data we have on international students is the first step in the right direction.”

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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.