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Overseas students to remain in the immigration statistics

Last updated: 06:57pm 4 May 2019

Overseas students will remain in the immigration statistics – in line with international definitions – and within scope of the government’s policy to reduce annual net migration.

Conservative Party Manifesto 2017, p.54

Our verdict

According to the definition from the United Nations, a migrant is an individual who resides in a country for a period longer than 12 months. In accordance with the pledge made in 2017, Theresa May has reassured the public that the students will not be removed from their current place in national immigration statistics.

As international students are still part of the UK’s immigration statistics, this policy can be marked as ‘done’. But, it’s important to note that if the government changes its stance, removing students from its immigration statistics, this policy will then change to ‘broken’. Standby for more info on the direction the government takes!

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