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Overseas Students: Tax Yields

Question for Treasury

UIN HL14885, tabled on 27 March 2019

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the Higher Education Policy Institute and Kaplan International Pathways, The UK's tax revenues from international students post-graduation, published in March, which suggested that the tax and National Insurance payments of a cohort of EU and non-EU students who stay in the UK to work after their studies amounts to £3.2 billion.

Answered on

10 April 2019

International students make a significant contribution to the UK, beyond any tax payments they make. They enhance our educational institutions; they enrich the experience of domestic students; and they contribute to the £20 billion the education sector generates through education exports and transnational activity each year. The government recently published an International Education Strategy with the aim of increasing the number of international students studying in the UK to 600,000, or by more than 30%, by 2030.

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