LONDON: According to the official data released today, most of the Indian students seeking higher education tend to leave UK after the end of their degree. The Office of National Statistics said that around 7469 Indian students left before the expiry of their student visas whereas only 2209 choose to extend their visas to remain in Britain between April 2016 and April 2017.
The ONS data said that Thai, Indian, North American (US) and Chinese students are more likely to leave before their student visas or extensions expire. In the other hand, students from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Russia and Saudi Arabia are likely to extend their stay in Britain.
This indicates that Indian students are opting out UK as a designation of choice for higher education. This has pushed the UK’s home secretary Amber Rudd to commission a new assessment of the impact of international students on the UK economy.
The UK’s home secretary has directed the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) of UK to analyse the effect it may have on the labour market in UK.
“There is no limit to the number of genuine international students who can come to the UK to study and the fact that we remain the second most popular global destination for those seeking higher education is something to be proud of,” Rudd said in a statement.