Foreign students should be welcomed by Brexit Britain, not lumped into a harmful quota

Students taking part in their graduation ceremonies Credit: Christopher Furlong, /Getty

At university, the flat I rented was on a street nicknamed “Takeaway Row”. The most popular takeaways were an Indian curry house and a Chinese restaurant; you knew the food was good because Indian and Chinese students were regular customers.

All those takeaways, nights out clubbing, and of course tuition fee payments add up: a thorough new study released this week finds that international students contribute over £20 billion on net to the UK economy. That’s £68,000 from an average EU student and £95,000 from an average non-EU student.

If we want to make an economic and cultural success of Brexit—embracing a global, outward-looking vision of this country’s future—we must remove international students from the government’s net migration target.

Historically it's been hard to find hard evidence of how much it costs us to host these students. But now we know. It's just a tenth of the benefits...

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