Australian International Education and Net Overseas Migration
From Bernard lane in The Australian HigherEd:
‘Students figure large in forecasts for net migration. OVERSEAS student arrivals will increase and departures fall away as a result of work incentives and other visa changes, the immigration department predicts.
Arrivals are expected to rise rapidly to 123,100 by the year ending June 30, 2018, according to recent forecasts for net overseas migration (NOM). Following the 2011 Knight visa review, students wanting to come to Australia for higher education have enjoyed streamlined visa approvals and the incentive of two to four years’ work rights after graduation. These changes are reflected in the latest forecasts for NOM arrivals and departures. The department says NOM arrivals are expected to reach 536,400 over the four years from December 2014 with increasing student arrivals “the major driver”.’
Significant issue for the higher education sector like the UK anti-immigration and zero population growth groups such as Population Matters have successfully ‘spooked’ their government which has been strangling the international education sector over NOM and temporaries such as EU citizens and international students.
This has been achieved through mainstream media in both UK and Australia making no distinction between temporary and new permanent residents in the NOM (+ fact that citizens returning home can also be included), and misleadingly describing them as ‘immigrants’ to alarm the public (and like in Australia suggesting they all can take automatic residency) then leads onto supposedly high and debilitating population growth….. (even though Australia’s permanent population of citizens and PRs is stagnant and ageing…)
Fact is all these advocates for low or zero immigration, in both UK and Australia (Bob Birrell of Monash University, Katherine Betts of Swinburne University and Mark O’Connor of Sustainable Population Australia), are associated to John Tanton in the USA through contributing to his journal “The Social Contract Press” and ongoing liaison.
John Tanton is described by the Southern Legal Poverty Center (and others) as:
‘The Social Contract Press (TSCP) routinely publishes race-baiting articles penned by white nationalists. The press is a program of U.S. Inc, the foundation created by John Tanton, the racist founder and principal ideologue of the modern nativist movement. TSCP puts an academic veneer of legitimacy over what are essentially racist arguments about the inferiority of today’s immigrants. Recent articles in its main product, The Social Contract, have propagated the myth that Latino activists want to occupy and ‘reclaim’ the American Southwest, argued that no Muslim immigrants should be allowed into the U.S., and claimed that multiculturalists are trying to replace “successful Euro-American culture” with “dysfunctional Third World cultures.”’
Tanton’s own front organisations such as FAIR Federation of Americans for Immigration Reform and others, are behind the major effort to block Obama’s immigration reform.
The Australian international education sector should keep this in mind when they commend Birrell for his ‘whistleblowing’ on Indian students, and allowing any participation from Birrell on immigration and international education related committees.