The Migration Advisory Committee, MAC, have today released the report: International students in the UK, following their community call for evidence which ran from October 2017 to January 2018.

Commenting on the report, Professor Sir Pete Downes, President of the Biochemical Society said:

The Biochemical Society broadly welcomes today’s report, particularly in respect of the recommendation not to introduce a cap on the number of international students, together with calls for growth in international student numbers. International students represent a potential pool of skilled workers for the UK life sciences sector and we echo the report’s call for the Government to promote the UK as a desirable destination for international students to study, settle and work. We are therefore pleased with the recommendations to extend the post-study leave period to 6 months for Masters students and an automatic 12 months for PhD students, to allow a longer period for them to secure work after completing their studies. We are, however disappointed to see that international students will continue to be counted as long-term migrants within current immigration targets. The UK benefits economically and culturally from international students and we need an immigration system that reflects this and encourages talented international students to come to the UK’.