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Australia scraps plans to allow foreign students back

  • Published at 11:23 am November 13th, 2020
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Shiyu Bao (centre) and her fellow classmates who are international students from China, get ready to take pictures in their graduation gowns around campus at the University of Sydney, after their in-person graduation ceremony was cancelled during the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak, in Sydney, Australia, July 4, 2020 Reuters

But with thousands of Australians wanting to return, Scott Morrison said there is not enough quarantine facilities

Australia will not allow foreign students to return as Canberra prioritizes the return of locals stuck overseas, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Friday.

Australia has since March closed its borders to all non-citizens and permanent residents in a bid to slow the spread of Covid-19.

With foreign students worth about A$35 billion ($25.3 billion) a year to the Australian economy, Canberra had hoped to slowly allow overseas students to return in 2021. Trials began earlier this year.

But with thousands of Australians wanting to return, Morrison said there is not enough quarantine facilities.

"There is a queue, and Australians are in the front of the queue," Morrison told reporters in Canberra.

Australia caps the numbers of locals allowed to return home each week in order to minimize the risk of spreading Covid-19.

Once locals arrive, they enter hotel quarantine for two weeks.

Australia on Friday was on course to record a sixth straight day without any locally acquired infections. Australia has recorded about 27,700 Covid-19 infections and 907 deaths, far fewer than many other developed nations.

The continued ban on foreign students deepens a financial black-hole facing Australian education providers, estimated to be worth between A$3.1 billion and A$4.8 billion this year alone, Catriona Jackson, chief executive of Universities Australia, told Reuters earlier this year.

Educational think-tank the Mitchell Institute earlier this week estimated there would be 300,000 fewer international students, half the pre-coronavirus numbers, in Australia by June 2021 if border restrictions remained.

Australia's most populous city, Sydney is expected to see a decline of more than 70,000 students, Mitchell Institute said.

Several leading universities have announced sweeping job cuts in a bid to reduce costs.

In October, Morrison's government said it will spend A$1 billion to support university research amid the fall in overseas students.

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