Office of Global Engagement

Rhode Island politicians speak out in support of international students

May 1, 2018

In April of 2018, NAFSA released an "International Student Economic Value Tool" which quantifies the economic contributions of international students and their families to the U.S. economy. During the 2016-17 academic school year, it was estimated that international students studying in the U.S. contributed over $36 billion and more than 450,000 jobs to the U.S. economy. 





Despite the economic and cultural value that international students bring, the number of arriving international students declined in 2017 as a result of anti-immigrant rhetoric and more stringent immigration policies in the U.S. In response, Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse has spoken out about the importance of international students using #YouAreWelcomeHere. In addition, Representative David Cicilline gave a statement in support of international students, explaining "Cross-cultural exchange between international students and U.S. students creates mutual respect for cultural differences." To read Rep. Cicilline's statement in full, click here.