Britons do not view foreign students as immigrants and are opposed to attempts to reduce their number in a bid to lower net immigration, according to a new study.
The report suggests the Government should remove them from immigration targets and support attempts to attract even more to come here to study.
It was carried out by the British Future think tank and Universities UK, the representative organisation of the country's universities.
According to the new report, international students are the largest group of migrants from outside the EU counted in the Government's immigration figures.
But a poll of 2,111 people found just over one in five (22%) class overseas students as immigrants, and only the same amount would support a reduction in their numbers.
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