Britain 'will lose £7 billion' if overseas students do not get greater freedom to work in the UK, says Jo Johnson

Britain will lose £7 billion until students are given greater freedom to work in the UK after commencement, a former universities minister warned in the present day.

Jo Johnson stated universities will miss out on nearly 1 / 4 of a £30 billion goal for education exports if a squeeze on pupil numbers continues.

The Tory MP for Orpington tabled an modification to the Authorities’s Immigration Invoice this morning that may enable overseas students to keep and work for up to two years after graduating.

Britain’s share of the helpful worldwide pupil market has plummeted 50 per cent since 2016 due to restrictions designed to assist meet Theresa Could’s goal of slicing web migration to the tens of 1000’s.

Jo Johnson is a former universities minister (PA Archive/PA Photos)

America lately overtook the UK as the nation educating the most world leaders.

“We have no chance of meeting education export targets unless we adopt a smarter approach to students,” stated Mr Johnson.

“If we are serious about Global Britain, we must recognise that international students bring huge benefits to our universities, our local economies and our soft power.”

America, Canada and New Zealand supply worldwide graduates the alternative to work for up to three years after commencement. In Australia it’s up to 4 years.

Mr Johnson’s clause is backed by 9 Commons committee chairmen, together with Robert Halfon of the schooling committee and Tom Tugendhat of the international affairs committee.

It might additionally block ministers from capping students numbers to meet the Prime Minister’s goal with no vote of MPs.

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