Senior figures in the higher education sector have expressed grave concerns after the net migration data showed a sharp fall in the headline figure had been driven largely by fewer overseas students coming to the UK. Net migration has fallen by a quarter to 183,000 in the year to March 2012, down from 242,000 previously. Edward Acton, vice-chairman of the University of East Anglia, suggested that this proved the sector’s long-held fears that the Home Office drive to crack down on bogus colleges and those abusing the student visa route was also deterring legitimate students from coming to Britain. Financial Times Daily Mail The Daily Telegraph