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Overseas Students Count: but should they be Counted?

In All, Student Visas, Tier 4 by Adam

The argument about overseas students being counted in migration statistics is another one of those debates that is essentially more about point-scoring than it is of any real use. If the students are removed from the stats it would facilitate a sudden massive drop in migration numbers. However, it would also give a very skewed idea of the real number of people migrating to the UK. When overseas students, especially at higher education level, come to the UK they have to pay astonishingly high tuition fees. They also have to pay for their visa applications, and of course cover all the costs of the physical move. So it is fair to say they truly invest in their education, and they do so – in the most part – with every intention of applying that education to their lives and careers. These …