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New poll: public support for international students

4 September 2018

After discovering that in countries like Canada and Australia international students can stay and work for up to three years, whereas in the UK most are allowed to stay for up to four months, three quarters (72%) of British adults think that international students should be able to stay and work in the UK post-graduation for one year or more.

 

The public is much more likely to say that international students should be able to use their skills here and work in the UK for a period of time in order to contribute to the economy, rather than returning immediately to their home country after completing their study (74% vs 26%).

The new poll, based on the views of more than 4,000 British adults, reveals also that in relation to the UK government's immigration policy, only a quarter (25%) of British adults say that they view international students coming to study at UK universities as immigrants.

Compared to previous polls on the topic, there was also a reported increase in public support for seeing more international students in the UK. According to this latest (2018) poll, more than a third (35%) said that, in light of the reported contribution international students make to the economy and the jobs they generate , they would like to see more international students, compared to a quarter (24%) in March 2017.


Notes

 

  1. ComRes interviewed 4,302 British and Northern Irish adults aged 18+ online between the 17th and 21st August 2018.  Data are weighted by age, gender, socio-economic grade and region to be representative of all GB adults aged 18+. ComRes is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules. Full data tables are available on the ComRes website

  1. 2017 ComRes poll: ComRes interviewed 4,043 British adults aged 18+ online between 22nd and 26th March 2017. Data were weighted by age, gender, socio-economic grade and region to be representative of all GB adults aged 18+. ComRes is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules. Full data tables are available on the ComRes website


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