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Australian Immigration Cuts Brisbanes Foreign Students


It's foreign students no-more as an immigration policy declared a cut to Brisbane's student immigration to Australia. The country's two parties, Labor and Liberal National Party, have been arguing over which factors greatly affects the continuous increase in Australia's migration. After a long road of talk, they end up with a conclusion stating that the number of international students entering the country is the largest contributor to net overseas migration.

It is a fact that Brisbane holds 80% of Queensland's $2.7 billion international student industry which is a part of an international education sector that generated $18.6 billion in the 2009 export earnings. If we'll look into it, it's Queensland that sets the high jump in overseas students since 2004 showing a number of Immigration Department figures of more than doubled from 25,231 to 52,347 in 2009.

However, some sources reported that as the number of overseas university students grow up, foreign students heading for TAFE colleges had been "tanked". In year 2008-2009, the total number of Australian student visa holders had decreased from 320,368 to 269,826 in 2009-2010. While enrollments on higher education dropped from 133,990 to 118,541.

According to Glenn Withers, the chief executive of Universities Australia, the issue of international students' slowing number had already been experienced before. He then advised the two major parties to be more careful in their plan of cutting the number of foreign students.

"A severe drop in international student numbers would cost many Australians their jobs," He said. "For example, according to Access Economics estimates, a 50 percent drop in international student numbers represents 62,000 jobs gone - and this process is already happening. Many of these jobs are in marginal and regional seats where universities and colleges are a major community presence," Withers explained.

Aside from this, the Australian Tourism Export Council has also cautioned the two parties to consider the economic consequences, especially if they wish to continue the cut to international student visa numbers.

As stated by ATEC managing director Matt Hingerty, more than 80% of all foreign students attract at least one other overseas visitor during their stay to Australia. "Any changes to international student visa numbers need to be made with the knowledge of the flow-on effects this will have on other sectors of the economy," he uttered in a statement.

But it seems that the opposition group is still on their way to continue the plan. Opposition Leader Tony Abbott announced that there will be no cuts to Australian skilled migration categories, only to overseas student immigrants. He recently introduced a plan stating that they will reduce Australia's net overseas migration to 170,000 people each year by 2013.

Along with Abbott, Tony Burke, government's Minister for Sustainable Population, also unveiled a cut to foreign students, especially on hairdressing and chef courses. This is due to an evidence explaining that some overseas students used student visas just to have a permanent citizenship.