In spite of the negative stories about Nepalese student life in Australia on Nepalese media, the number of students applying for study in Australian has kept surging on. As per the latest Australian media report, the number of Nepalese students who had applied for a visa to study in Australia has been recorded at 12,000. This is only the data for the months from July to December. The complete number for student visa application was 190,000.
The Sunday Morning Herald report further suggests that the number of applicants from Nepal has also increased considerably. Nepal has now taken the third position, removing Brazil from the place, as the third largest source for applicants to Australia. The numbers have risen by 12,000, almost 46 percent. There were almost 41,000 applicants who were granted a visa, with a 90 percent conversion rate. The total number of student visas have also risen by 7 percent.
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In the past 10 years, Nepal has become a major source of international students for Australia. The migration was initially fuelled by the Maoist insurgency followed by the WOM marketing. In fact, Nepalese students can be seen now everywhere in the country excelling at their studies or workplace. Areas like Auburn has become Sydney’s hub for Nepalese-speakers in Australia. Universities like Sydney’s Victoria University and Western Sydney University as major destinations for international Nepalese students.
The year started with speculations that these numbers might see a dip following the negative image created about Australian universities due to racial attacks and similar happenings. The media also highlighted instances where Chinese students also faced violent attacks and student in universities refused to study topics in where mention of China was there. Last month itself, Beijing also released safety warning for students studying in Australia and provided emergency contact numbers.
In such a situation, these positive numbers have given a sigh of relief to the Australian government. Australia has become a hub of study for many international students, seeing more flock in every year. So much as that education has become the country’s third-biggest export market. In such a scenario, if the number drop, then it will be a monetary hit to the country. A large chunk of this income goes to the Group of Eight which in turn enjoys the multinational exposure. The government is continuously making reforms in visa rules, latest being stricter temporary Skills Shortage visa to come into effect starting the month of March.