Foreign students contribute £970m to North West - new figures reveal

Overseas students generate £970m for the economy in North West England and support over 3,995 jobs, according to an analysis by Universities UK.

The Norths' universities attracted 35,850 students from outside the UK in 2014–15 alone, with overseas students in the region spending a total of £458m in addition to their direct university costs.

Former Manchester MP and Liberal Democrat Councillor John Leech commented: “These figures highlight the threat to Manchester’s economy posed by the Government's reckless plans to clamp down on international students.

"Overseas students make a huge contribution to our city, supporting jobs by spending millions of pounds on local businesses.

“If the Government was serious about boosting regional growth, they would be helping universities in Manchester attract more foreign students instead of obsessing over cutting numbers at all costs.

“Already the number of EU students choosing to study in the UK has fallen, showing how a hard Brexit would damage our universities and local economy.

“Manchester is a proud and international city, and only the Liberal Democrats will stand up against this narrow-minded approach for a Britain that is open, tolerant and united.”

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