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How to welcome citizens of the world

The government’s international education strategy should seize the chance to maximise an asset that the UK is underplaying.

The UK government is about to publish its international education strategy. What should be in it? To readers of Research Fortnight, the answer to that question might once have seemed obvious: it should remove international students from Home Office immigration figures and reintroduce post-study work visas—so simple, it should surely have been done years ago. 

But political drivers around immigration of all kinds, and the looming threat of some form of Brexit, mean there is now almost no area of university life that is not affected in some way by government policy on international education.

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