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Non-EU international students have driven a rise in emigration out of the UK while the number of students bringing dependants doubled in 2022, according to new data from the Office for National Statistics.

The UK saw a sharp rise in the number of students arriving in 2021 after lockdown restrictions were lifted, but the latest analysis suggests they are beginning to leave.

Some 153,000 people who initially arrived on study-related visas departed the country in 2022, an increase from 61,000 in 2021.

In its report, the ONS said, “With the increase in immigration of those on study-related visas in the last two years, we are now seeing an increase in emigration as those students come to the end of their studies.” 

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