The national association of English language schools has welcomed a report outlining a possible new approach to students and migration.
English UK, which is campaigning for students to be removed from the net migration figures, a more beneficial business climate and government support for English Language teaching industry - worth £1.2bn to the UK economy - believes the IPPR analysis contains useful ways forward.
The research suggests that Government policy on international students has in part been driven by an overestimate of numbers remaining, based on "dubious evidence". It suggests reclassifying students as temporary migrants, and creating a ten-year plan for international education.
Sarah Cooper, chief executive of English UK, said she was delighted with the report's analysis. "These recommendations might provide a helpful way forward for the government. Many of us in the sector would like to see students taken out of the net migration figures altogether and this is a very practical and reflective approach to how this might be done, with different targets for different groups and students reclassed as temporary migrants."
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