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Big decrease in international students in Australia

Overseas student numbers plummet. INTERNATIONAL student enrolments could drop by as much as 20 per cent next year, costing the economy up to $2 billion, as a consequence of the Rudd government’s “abrupt” tightening of immigration requirements and rising competition from North America and Britain for the lucrative student trade.

Australia’s largest international student recruiter, IDP chief executive Tony Pollock, warned that changes to visa rules and priority skills were being made without giving the industry time to adjust. As a result, student demand had plummeted and the sector’s market standing was at risk.

Mr Pollock said international placements into Australia across IDP’s network were down 37 per cent in April compared with a year ago, with current Indian demand almost wiped out.

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