The Referendum Result Has Caused Fear and Confusion Among EU Students In The UK
Friday morning it became clear that the UK had voted to leave the EU. The vast majority of students and young people voted Remain, but were outnumbered by the older generations who wanted out. Young people have been reacting all morning to the result, but EU students may be some of the most affected by this decision and have also been expressing their concerns online.
It is currently unknown what will happen to the Erasmus programme or to all the students who are currently in the UK, or hoping to come to the UK, from Europe.
There are around 125,000 EU students currently enrolled on courses at UK universities, and £3.7bn of the money generated for the UK economy by universities comes from those EU students. Julia Goodfellow, president of Universities UK (UUK) said this morning that ensuring EU students are still attracted to the UK will be “central to ensuring British universities continue to be the best in the world.”
Goodfellow continued: “Our first priority will be to convince the UK Government to take steps to ensure staff and students from EU countries can continue to work and study at British universities and to promote the UK as a welcoming destination for the brightest and best minds.”
At present the future is uncertain, however.
Some EU students went to sleep Thursday night anxious about the outcome.
Only to wake today to find their fears had been realised.
Others were concerned about the financial implications of Brexit.
And have already began asking UK universities and Student Finance for advice.
But nobody has any definite answers yet.
Though there has been some reassuring news for current EU students in the UK.
Many are left feeling rejected by the majority of UK voters.
And disillusioned by the outcome of the referendum, in which many of them could not vote.
Earlier this week we spoke to EU and international students about their fears of Brexit. You can read what they said here.
All EU students can do at this point is wait until more becomes clear. As we all must.