Foreign student numbers plummeting in wake of Brexit

Foreign students coming to the to study fell sharply in the year to September 2016, according to the Office for National Statistics.

The study showed 41,000 fewer students came to the UK for long-term study, the vast majority of the drop – 31,000 – coming from non-EU students.

The Liberal Democrats said an increase in xenophobic crime and violence that followed the UK’s vote to leave the European Union was behind the decrease in foreign students, although the figures cover only three months after the referendum, long after applications for most courses have closed, and before the academic year begins.

“It is too early to tell if this is an indication of a long-term trend.”



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