Thousands of international students come back to Australia.

Students from abroad are returning to Australia: more than 56,000 have returned since the beginning of November 2021, and 7,000 were in the period between January 23 and the January 30 of 2022. Furthermore, the demand for international students to attend university in Australia is extremely high: as of the end of 2021, over 50,000 visa applications for students were submitted.

The high figures are partly due to the announcement by the government in the last month that international students will receive visa application fees reimbursed when they arrive between January 19, 2022, to March 22 in 2022.

“Visa grants to international students are flowing as a result of the Minister directing the Department to allocate additional resources to processing the visas of International Students,” says an announcement by the Department of Home Affairs.

According to ABC News, Universities Australia chief executive Catriona Jackson described the figures as “promising.” Still, he noted that thousands more students are waiting to get a chance to study in Australia:

In a piece of similar news, the government just declared that the borders of Australia would be open to everyone who has been fully vaccinated from February 21, 2022.

The sector requires reconstruction.

The expectation is an immediate recovery for the world’s educator market that in the year 2019 added more than AUS$40 billion to the economy overall – double the amount in the year 2015. The entire sector, including schools, universities, and ELICOS companies, has been dramatically affected by Australia’s closing of its borders until 2020 and 2021. This took longer than the case in other top destinations across the globe. Australia Institute has reported that as of September 20, 2021, one-fifth of students (approximately 40000 individuals) lost their jobs due to the pandemic.

Are you looking for a long-term strategy?

While the government rolls out incentives that will speed the return of international students, experts warn that a longer “welcome mat” will be required in the future. Writing in The Conversation, Nancy Arthur, Dean of Research, UniSA Business, University of South Australia said,

“As students from abroad return to Australia to welcome them, the welcome mat should remain out for a longer period. It is important to support the students, not just upon the arrival but also throughout their academic program and preparing for their employment future. ….The longer-term vision requires strategies to support their education, employment and potential associates within and outside Australia’s borders.”

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