#WeAreInternational campaign and National Union of Students welcome new report on the tax contributions of international graduates to the UK

By March 21, 2019 No Comments

The #WeAreInternational campaign and the National Union of Students (NUS) have welcomed a new report detailing the major contribution international graduates make to the UK.

Analysis by London Economics commissioned by the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) and Kaplan International Pathways, published today (21 March 2019), shows that:

  • the tax and National Insurance payments of just one cohort of international students who stay in the UK to work after their studies amounts to £3.2 billion.
  • international graduates who find employment in the UK typically do so in sectors that suffer from acute skills shortages.

Yinbo Yu, International Students’ Officer at the National Union of Students, said:

“This is an important and timely report. The contribution that international students make to the UK’s universities, economy, communities and global standing is already clear. Every constituency in the UK is better off economically because of students and the surveys show the public support international students.

“Now we know this benefit to the UK doesn’t end at graduation but continues as international graduates work in areas of staff shortages such as medicine or teaching, or key areas of the economy such as IT and manufacturing. The consequence is a £3.2 billion bonus to the UK economy.”

A spokesperson for the UK-wide #WeAreInternational campaign added:

“This report makes clear for the first time that international graduates not only provide skills in areas of the economy where there are real shortages, but they also make a major contribution to the UK through their taxes.

“At a time when the government has itself acknowledged the opportunity to attract more international students to the UK and committed to review policies to support growth, this report underpins the case to reinstate the competitive post-study work rights for which students themselves have long lobbied.

“Far from the idea that international students who undertake a period of work after their courses should be discouraged, we now know international graduates are a national asset. It is in our interest and theirs to make sure our visa system reflects that.”

Read the full HEPI and Kaplan report The UK’s tax revenues from international students post-graduation: https://www.hepi.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/The-UK-tax-revenues-from-international-students.pdf

The #WeAreInternational campaign is supported by UK universities, students and businesses. It celebrates the contribution of our international universities and lobbies for changes in policy to better reflect the benefits of international students, teachers and research to cities and communities across the UK.