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The figures show foreign students are leaving the UK after graduation—that’s a bad thing

Home Office figures show that far fewer students overstay their visas than previously thought. But shouldn't we be encouraging talented young people to remain in the UK?

By Steve Bloomfield  

Are Home Office policies discouraging talented graduates from remaining in the UK? Photo: PA

Another of the myths spread by anti-immigration campaigners has been torn apart: international students are not overstaying their visas, as Theresa May claimed in 2015. In a speech to Conservative Party conference, the then Home Secretary said she didn’t care what “lobbyists” were saying. “The fact is,” she said, “too many students are not returning home as soon as their visas run out.”

The fact is, she was wrong. New figures released by the Home Office…

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