After Brexit: EU students are OK in the UK

POST-BREXIT decisions are something that the young people of the UK and Britain have been discussing long before the vote was counted.

For those that are wishing to travel and study abroad, to those wanting to study over here from Europe, everyone has worried about what Brexit may affect in their choices and chances.

These concerns were heightened when it was revealed that reports of hate crimes had increased by 42% in the week before and after the June 23 vote.

Jan, 27, stands outside Manchester’s famous gay village. Homophobia is something he is strongly against

However, for many students, there has been emphasised reassurance that no changes will come into immediate effect.

27-year-old Jan moved to Liverpool from Prague in order to study to become an English teacher however and admitted that he has faced no issues in terms of discrimination and feels the best way to treat such issues is by handling the hate as ridiculous behaviour.

canal street
Many of the UK’s cities have areas such as Canal Street which express diversity and acceptance of everyone

Part of Jan’s decision to move to the north of the UK was influenced by recent visits showing him that many of the larger cities were more diverse and accepting of sex, race and religion than the media would have you believe after Brexit.

‘Homophobia is one thing I really can’t stand,’ the student explains.

“There’s no need for it, or any kind of hate, and it’s good to see the acceptance over here is so high.’

‘Public transport over here is the worst, however!’ stated Jan on a recent trip to Manchester,

‘Not only is it expensive but it’s unreliable. I love this city though, it reminds me of big cities in Europe such as Berlin and Prague.’

Jan in Library
Much of the old architecture in Manchester mirrors other great European cities, giving visitors a feeling of being at home

Manchester, among other cities in the UK tries to find the balance between historical and modern, with buildings such as the John Ryland’s Library playing host to antique books as well as modern exhibitions.

It’s clear why these highly diverse cities are sought out by EU students to study in, as the diversity even in it’s own culture expresses how welcoming it can be here.

Jan in bookstore
An independent bookstore in Northern Quarter has boxes of old postcards showing local history

One thing that is certain is that students across the UK and Europe should not worry about the prospects of Brexit as it is still a work in progress that will probably not effect current students at all.

John Ryland's Library statue
Manchester’s John Ryland’s Library main hall is intact with new exhibition areas added below.

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