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International students boost the economy by £20.3bn—we must encourage more of them to study in Britain

The impact is positive in every local authority area and every constituency. Time government policy took that into account

By Nick Hillman  

Photo: David Cheskin/PA Wire/PA Images

Six years ago, as the Coalition’s Special Adviser on Universities and Science, I was in the midst of fraught discussions with the Home Office about international students. The Immigration Minister at the time, Damian Green, was about to make a speech that seemed to exaggerate the cost of hosting international students in the UK.

The Home Office suspected international students were clogging up our roads, filling up our hospitals and houses and even taking places at our schools for…

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