Australia: Overseas students down 40%

It’s about bloody time! Melbourne already looks like Asia and some days I have to check if I’m in Australia, China or India…Greed will come back to haunt our race one day.

OVERSEAS student applications plunged 40 per cent last month following “abrupt and rapid” changes to Australia’s visa regime, the country’s peak education agent warned yesterday.

The crackdown on student visas, coupled with uncertainty caused by the continuing delay to the priority skills list, could cost Australia at least $600 million in lost export revenue, IDP chief Tony Pollock told The Australian.

“Last month, there was a significant decline in applications from India, Vietnam and China. It’s a concern,” Mr Pollock said.

“If there’s a 10 per cent decline over a full year – with each student adding around $30k to the economy – that would be a $600m shortfall, conservatively,” he said.

China and India are Australia’s top two source countries for the $17 billion overseas student industry, which employs 125,000 people across the economy, and funds 25 per cent of university teaching.

Melbourne University migration visa expert Lesleyanne Hawthorne said this week the government’s policy changes were having the desired effect.

“The 13 per cent enrolment growth for universities over the past year is correcting the recent mass migration-driven shift to the vocational sector,” Professor Hawthorne said.

Mr Pollock said universities could not “take too much comfort” from the official March enrolment figures for the industry referred to by Professor Hawthorne, given the pipeline effect.

Universities faced “a pretty tough couple of years” as the crackdown hit student visas that packaged preparatory courses with a university entry option once qualified.

The financial and educational bona fides of students on dual packages were traditionally assessed on the lower risk profile applying to higher education.

The Immigration Department, however, said packaging was being exploited to reduce the stringency of checks, and it has imposed the stricter assessments applying to lower-level courses.

“It’s tougher to get a student visa, which means people are questioning whether they will ever get a (permanent) visa for Australia, and whether they should look elsewhere to get an education,” Mr Pollock said.

“Announcing suspensions of visa categories – even though they aren’t student visa classes – and delaying the Skilled Occupation List doesn’t help confidence,” he said.

Immigration Minister Chris Evans has said changes to the skilled migration program would remove incentives for overseas students to apply for a course to win residency.

Mr Pollock welcomed efforts to clean up the industry, but called on the government to keep the skilled migration pathway open for international students.

“Offering students the prospect of permanent residency – but only if they are sponsored by an employer – is a very uncertain outcome for those craving certainty,” he said.

Similarly, Universities Australia has told the government that preserving a “quality link between education and migration” was essential to avoid handing global markets to Europe, North America and Asia.



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This is my tribute to highlighting the hyposcrisy in the left and racial world...

Posted on 14 May 2010, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. That's good, but …

    Rights fear for ‘outsiders

    THE world’s three million overseas students are treated as outsiders and nowhere in English-speaking countries do they enjoy comprehensive human rights, according to a new Australian study.

    Overseas students were really “temporary migrants”, and all nations could choose to treat them as quasi-residents, the University of Melbourne’s Simon Marginson told a recent conference in London…

    Cross-border student mobility was a phenomenon that had doubled in a decade, reaching three million in 2007, he said.

    “It will keep on increasing at a rapid pace. Only World War III could stop it,” he said.

    Strangle our miners to help foreign students

    KEVIN Rudd confronted mining chiefs over dinner in Perth last week to defend his resources super profits tax from charges it would lead to projects closing down, would restrict expansion, was a flawed design and would push investment overseas…

    Addressing complaints from David Flanagan, head of Atlas Iron, about the effect on investment of having a super profits tax cut in at 6 per cent, Rudd said it was companies such as Atlas that were pushing up the dollar and making it hard for foreign students to live in Australia.

    There was a collective gasp, with executives asking Rudd if he “wanted to wipe out the iron ore industry to help foreign students”.

    These one-worlders favour ever increasing international students to further weaken national identity and replace it with open-borders.

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