So it has come to light that the Home Office for years, has been misrepresenting the international student's migration numbers by about 100,000. Actual figures show vast majority of students (97%) return home. This has called into question the rest of the migration figures and how they're calculated. How long has government policy been based on inflated and misleading figures? Also, is this a question of an honest mistake or the government has been intentionally misleading the public. On a personal note, I was once an international student (as recent as 2014). I always found the figure dubious. I don't know a single international student that has overstayed.