Borders: Personal Records

Home Office written question – answered on 22nd September 2017.

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Photo of Edward Davey Edward Davey Liberal Democrat, Kingston and Surbiton

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of how many non-EU international students left the UK on the basis of exit check data collected between April 2015 and April 2016.

Photo of Brandon Lewis Brandon Lewis The Minister for Immigration

Analysis on Exit Checks data was published on 24 August 2017 in the Home Office’s ‘Second report on statistics being collected under the exit checks programme’ (https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/second-report-on-statistics-being-collected-under-the-exit-checks-programme). This is the second report in a programme of work to develop experimental statistics and the first time that it has been possible to present results from the analysis of exit data. However, our understanding of this new data source is still developing and as the report sets out there are a variety of reasons why the data does not yet provide a complete estimate of the number of departures.

Additional information on international student departures relating to 2015/16 is also contained in ONS’s ‘International student migration research update: August 2017’ report https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/populationandmigration/internationalmigration/articles/internationalstudentmigrationresearchupdate/august2017

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