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The effect of International students to be investigated.

The effect of International students to be investigated.

Migration experts will be asked to examine the impact of international students on the UK job market, in a Home Office review that campaigners warned may lead to tougher restrictions.

The migration advisory committee will be asked to examine the effect that both EU and non-EU students have on the labour market and economy while in the UK, the department said on Friday – though it will not report back until next September.

The home secretary, Amber Rudd, has previously pledged a crackdown on international student numbers, including tougher visa rules for “lower quality” universities and courses.

Theresa May has repeatedly rejected suggestions that the UK could exclude international students from the official migration figures, a move that would make it more viable for the government to meet its long-delayed target of reducing net migration to the tens of thousands.

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