A recent study shows that over 50 per cent of international students do not feel welcome in the UK.

 

In light of this study, our reporter took to Coventry University Hub to find out what the students felt, and if their opinions resembled those in the survey.

The majority of international students studying at Coventry University also feel unwelcome in the UK with a significant number saying they would not recommend to their friends that they come here to attend Coventry university.

 

The survey conducted by the National Union of Students revealed that more than 50 per cent believed the UK Government was either “not welcoming” or “not welcoming at all towards overseas students”.

When asked what made them most uncomfortable, 40 per cent said moves to get landlords to check on their legal status – while 74 per cent said introducing an NHS levy would make it either impossible or more difficult to study in the UK.

Figures show PhD students are most likely to feel unwelcome (65.8 per cent) with those from Japan (64.5 per cent), Nigeria (62.8 per cent) and India (62 per cent) the next most likely to say they have received hostile treatment. Students from India, Pakistan and Nigeria are most likely to advise their friends not to study here.

Student leaders such as Student activist Patrick Agholor, argue the figures are understandable but worrying to Coventry University as international students are estimated to contribute over £7.9 billion a year to the UK economy.

Figures show a drop in recruits last year – from 239,000 to 197,000 – although the latest UCAS statistics indicate they are rising again this year.

“Many international students feel unwelcome in the UK as a result of the Government’s hostile and overzealous policies,” said Daniel Stevens, the NUS’ international students’ officer.

A spokesman for the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills said: “International students make a huge contribution – boosting our economy and enhancing our cultural life.

By Khadijah-Peace Watkis Lewis

Twitter: Miss_Peace21

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