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Economic, Social and Political Sciences

Costs and benefits of international students Event

International students
10 October 2018
No.4 Hamilton Place, London

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Event details

The first event in our new population and migration public lecture series takes place on Wednesday 10 October 2018 in London and focuses on the costs and benefits of international students in the UK.

Migration figures

Higher Education (HE) is becoming increasingly globalised; in the UK, international students make up nearly a fifth of all students in the HE system. As a result, this growing population is a significant part of the ongoing debate over net UK migration figures. But are they a cost or a benefit to the UK?
Despite this being a topical issue that’s regularly addressed in the media, there is little evidence to explain what influences whether international students migrate or remain in the UK. With their expertise in large-scale survey methodology, our researchers are helping to drive this research forward, answering important questions such as:

  • Are overseas students migrating to the UK in large numbers?
  • Are they remaining in the UK or leaving after they graduate?
  • What are the costs and benefits to society?

Latest insights

A world leader in population and migration research, the University of Southampton hosts the Economic and Social Research Council-funded Centre for Population Change. Our experts are also part of the Migration Advisory Committee, commissioned by the UK government’s Home Office. We bring together expertise in economics, statistics and social policy to provide new insights into the costs and benefits of international students to the UK.

In this session, we will discuss the latest insights into international student migration and their implications to society and the economy. This will include the findings of the Migration Advisory Committee report and the results of the large-scale surveys completed by our experts on international student migration.

The panel will debate the costs and benefits of international students for the UK, and discuss the implications of including student migration in overall net migration figures.

The lecture will be live-streamed for those who can't attend.

Panel discussion

Joining the keynote speakers will be University of Southampton expert Professor Jane Falkingham, Dean of Faculty, Social Sciences.

Professor Alan Manning

Professor Alan Manning , London School of Economics

Alan is Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics (LSE) and director of the Centre for Economic Performance’s research programme on community. From 2009 to 2012 he was head of the economics department at LSE, and from 2004 to 2011 he was a member of the NHS Pay Review Body. His expertise is on labour markets, including the impact of migration.

Jonathan Chaloff

Mr Jonathan Chaloff , International Migration Division, Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development ( OECD )

Jonathan is a migration policy expert at the International Migration Division for the OECD. He has co-authored a number of papers considering labour migration policies in OECD countries and has written in-depth book chapters on behalf of the organisation. Jonathan has worked directly with many governments to provide policy evaluation, support and consulting for more than 20 years.

Professor Jackie Wahba

Professor Jackie Wahba , University of Southampton

Jackie is Professor of Economics within Social Sciences at the University of Southampton. She leads migration research at the Centre for Population Change and is a member of the UK government's Migration Advisory Committee. Her main research interests are labour economics and development economics, with a focus on international migration and labour markets. Jackie has published extensively on migration issues and has acted as an academic consultant for several international organisations.

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