Cambridge's Economy Benefits from Overseas Students

Rod Cantrill addressing Cambridge Stays

As the House of Commons Select Committee on Exiting the EU meets today in Cambridge to take evidence on the impact on research and science, a new report carried out by London Economics shows that Cambridge benefits hugely from international students who are worth £20bn to the UK economy.  Cambridge is ranked 8th in the top ten cities that benefit.  The report underscores the importance to Cambridge of the UK being open to people from other countries including Europe.

Rod Cantrill, Liberal Democrat, Parliamentary Candidate for Cambridge commented:

“As the House of Commons Select Committee on the impact of Brexit meets in Cambridge today, this report highlights that the success of Cambridge as a global educator is based on making it easy for overseas students to study here. 

 If this government doesn’t listen, its policies and actions on immigration and Brexit will damage the continued success of Cambridge.  The Labour Party appears to be playing politics on this important issue. 

As a Liberal Democrat, I will continue to be a strong voice for Cambridge and the UK to be open and tolerant, not just on stopping Brexit but also on welcoming people from all over the world, particularly to Cambridge.”


House of Commons Select Committee on Exiting the EU is visiting Cambridge on Thursday 18th January to hear evidence from Cambridge University and other research organisations and businesses based in the city

Cost and benefits of international students by parliamentary constituency – Report for the Higher Education Policy Institute  and Kaplan International Pathways – January 2018

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