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Australia International Education and Student Problems

Australia International Education and Student Problems

Addressing Australia’s international student crisis. One of Australia’s leading educators has called on the recently elected Labour Government to make a firm commitment to the country’s international education industry. Hospitality Training Association (HTA) CEO Phillip Charlton says the Australian economy could lose billions of dollars if Julia Gillard’s government fails to counteract immigration policy changes that have left the industry in turmoil. 

International Student Visa applications and approvals in Australia have fallen sharply in 2010, with the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) reporting a 30 percent decline in international applications….

….“And as we have now seen the Australian election focused very heavily around immigration and border security which resulted in mixed messages and public confusion as there was no differentiation between migrants, boatpeople, refugees and international students.”


Would agree but the industry itself has been remiss in not explaining the benefits a generation ago to Australia…. like Phillip Charlton has here.

However, as an Australian I am embarrassed by how politicians, media and society have been complicit in allowing the conflation “around immigration and border security which resulted in mixed messages and public confusion as there was no differentiation between migrants, boat people, refugees and international students”.

That seemed to be the point i.e. avoid accusations of being at worst racist, at best condescending…..

 

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