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News that a re­port by the Of­fice for Na­tional Statistics had found

“no ev­i­dence” of a ma­jor prob­lem with over­seas stu­dents who study in the UK over­stay­ing their visas set tongues wag­ging on Twit­ter. “Can [prime min­is­ter Theresa] May please now see sense and agree to re­move in­ter­na­tional stu­dents from im­mi­gra­tion tar­gets & en­sure visas are easy to get post-Brexit?” asked Johnny Rich (@John­nySRich). Marc Coderre (@mar­c­coderre) tweeted: “More 97% of in­ter­na­tional stu­dents in the UK leave after grad­u­a­tion. This is a shame, a huge pool of tal­ent from the best unis in world – gone!”, while Do­minic Shel­lard (@DMUVC) said that “pol­i­cy­mak­ing on in­ter­na­tional stu­dents go­ing for­ward must now be based on the new im­mi­gra­tion data. If only we’d known be­fore 23/6/16” – the date of the Brexit vote.

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