According to Aaron Porter, the president of the National Union of Students (NUS) students should not be included in migration figures.
The "anti-immigration rhetoric" may drive away potential students.
Porter said: "The idea that students – who are a transient population which leave the country after three years – are included in migration figures is wholly illogical. The contribution of international students to the UK economy runs into the billions, and helps to subsidise home students.
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