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Impact of the closure of the Post Study Work route revealed

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Migration has published an inquiry report into the impact of closing the Post Study Work (PSW) route in 2012, which allowed non-EU graduates to seek employment in the UK for up to two years after their studies.

AGCAS was amongst the organisations that contributed an official response to the inquiry, which looked at the impact of the policy change on universities, foreign students and local economies after the government failed to introduce a suitable replacement.

Evidence received by the committee reveals that the PSW route was a cornerstone of the UK's competitive offer to international students and that closure of this route has significantly reduced the attractiveness of the UK, leading to the first-ever drop in international student numbers in 2012/13 in a growing market.

The report highlights the fact that there has been an 88% drop in international students gaining post-study work in the UK, most significantly amongst skilled workers. The inquiry heard from business leaders that the new routes on offer as a substitute recruited only a small number of graduates and prevented some businesses from recruiting the skills they needed in areas with known skills shortages.

Download the Post-Study Work Opportunities in the UK report.

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