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Title The impact of the Brexit vote on foreign students studying in the UK
Author Will Archer - Founder, i-graduate


All of us in the world of education will remember where we were the morning of 24th June 2016. The first email I received was from a colleague in the deep south of New South Wales. The shock waves had travelled across the world and back while most Brits were still sleeping - some no doubt still dreaming of ever-closer union.

It was a proper vote with a proper turnout: more than 77% of the UK adult population had marked a cross in a box. 17,410,742 had voted to leave. After hours of headshaking disbelief, the most highly educated (that’s most of us in this field) began to acknowledge the enormity of the decision.

Denial turned to anger at the stupidity of 52% of the electorate. Then very slowly, over some weeks, recognition that the educated, the advantaged, the privileged and the worldly-wise had failed. In two major ways.

The accompanying data sheet 'Local Community Attitude Towards Foreign Students - International Student Barometer 2016 Data' can be found here:

Date 08/03/2017
Region(s) Europe
Countries United Kingdom, European Union
Theme(s) Transnational Education (TNE) Models

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