Sheffield MP Paul Blomfield has warned universities face a cash squeeze – after it was revealed numbers of overseas students coming to the UK have fallen for the first time in 29 years.
More than 9,600 fewer students came to British universities in 2012-13 than in the previous year.
The Sheffield Central MP is arguing against Government plans to include students in its immigration targets, with legislation currently going through Parliament.
Sheffield University has launched a parallel We Are International campaign, emphasising the value of overseas students to the city and its economy.
Mr Blomfield said: “Sadly this drop in the number of international students comes as no surprise. By including students in their anti-immigration rhetoric and policy, the Coalition has sent out a ‘closed for business’ message to young people around the world choosing where to study.
“These students contribute £10 billion a year to the UK and enrich campuses and communities across the country. But it’s not too late for the Government to act to reverse the fall.”