The National Union of Students is unhappy that we aren’t more ‘welcoming’ to foreign students, apparently:
Figures show PhD students are most likely to feel unwelcome (65.8 per cent) with those from Japan (64.5 per cent), Nigeria (62.8 per cent) and India (62 per cent) the next most likely to say they have received hostile treatment. Students from India, Pakistan and Nigeria are most likely to advise their friends not to study here.
Asked what most perturbed them, 40 per cent cited moves to get landlords to check on their legal status – while 74 per cent said introducing an NHS levy would make it either impossible or more difficult to study in the UK.
Oh noes! We’ll lose money and…
Student leaders argue the figures are “extremely worrying” as international students are estimated to contribute over £7.9 billion a year to the UK economy.
Figures show a drop in recruits last year – from 239,000 to 197,000 – although the latest UCAS statistics indicate they are rising again this year.
They can be safely ignored, then.