International students are losing all the hope for their future amid Australian Travel Ban.
News by Sushant Singh, Published by NRI Herald Australia 01 September 2021
It's been more than 16 months of travel ban by the Government of Australia. As per the survey, There are more than 50,000 students just from Asian continent waiting for Australian borders to open. As all the Asian countries are banned, Many students had waited patiently enough and moving for alternate countries.
As there is no official announcement from the Australian immigration department on the future plan for getting back international students, many students are planning for an alternative to Australia i.e, Canada, UK, USA, Ireland etc.
In one of the interview given by Indian High Commissioner Manpreet Vohra to The Guardian in August 2021, he said:
Australia risks “eroding” its reputation as a welcoming place for international students if it does not offer them hope about when they can return to the country to study.
Problems faced during the First lockdown (March 2020)
As there was panic situation across globe, Newly arrived students were highly scared and panic stricken because they've left their families and living in a whole new country and then comes the statement of the Prime minister, Scott Morrison in April 2020
'International Students who can't afford to live in Australia can go back to their Native Country'
which created further panic situation among students. Many student's returned back to their homes within a week of arrival. Later, when things came back to normal finding job was a orrenous task. For many students financial and mental hardships persisted and continuing still today.
Luckily, In the current lockdown (2nd Quarter 2021) government is helping everyone financially and mentally.
One of the Indian student staying in Sydney while talking to NRO herald said:
Thanks to the Australian government for helping all the students in all the ways they can.
NRI Heralds' volunteer journalist is personally in touch with many students who got married on Feb 2020, Came back to Sydney on March 2020 and was waiting for his Wife's Visa ( which was issued later on April 2020, but after travel ban was imposed).
There are many cases where Bride was in Australia and groom in India got married Virtually and Many student returned back to India for loosing there blood relations. These are some of the countless stories of hardships which students have to narrate.
Australian Universities facing financial debacle and Job losses
Australian universities shed at least 17,300 jobs in 2020 and lost an estimated $1.8 billion in revenue compared to 2019, according to figures released in Feb 2021 by Universities Australia.
As per the statement published on the official website of universityaustralia.edu.au Universities Australia Chief Executive Catriona Jackson said:
universities’ operating revenue fell 4.9 per cent in 2020 against 2019 figures. The sector is estimated to lose a further 5.5 per cent, or $2 billion, in 2021.
“When compared with universities’ pre-pandemic budgeted revenue for 2020, this loss is more than $3 billion – which is in line with the sector’s estimates made in April last year.”
Ms Jackson further added:
“Continuing border closures mean universities face the double whammy of fewer returning students in 2020, and reduced numbers in 2021. The cumulative impact won’t be felt just in 2020 and 2021, but for years to come.
“No sector can absorb revenue declines this large without staff losses. At least 17,300 jobs have been lost on campuses in 2020.
"Universities have worked hard to limit job losses by halting infrastructure projects, making tough decisions about courses and making savings wherever they could – but the effect of COVID-19 on the higher education sector has come at a real cost,” Ms Jackson said.