“I will never come to Australia again”

Laurie Berg and Bassina Farbenblum write: ‘In the early days of the COVID-19 lockdown in March, many temporary visa holders working in heavily casualised industries, such as hospitality and retail, lost their jobs and struggled to meet basic living expenses. These included international students, backpackers, graduates, sponsored workers and refugees, among others. Despite the devastatingContinue reading ““I will never come to Australia again””

Visa applications by international students plummet

International students … Madeleine Morris writes: ‘International student visa applications from outside Australia have dropped off a cliff, raising serious concerns of an increasing budget black hole for Australian higher education. …  an increasing body of evidence suggests it is not only the border closures that are turning international students off Australia, but also the wayContinue reading “Visa applications by international students plummet”

‘No one would even know if I had died in my room’: coronavirus leaves international students in dire straits

The article explains findings of research that surveyed international students before and after the pandemic hit. Despite the vital contribution international students make to the Australian economy and our cities and regions, almost all of these students have to make their own way in one of the world’s most unaffordable housing markets. The report examinesContinue reading “‘No one would even know if I had died in my room’: coronavirus leaves international students in dire straits”

Project Report

The Experience of International Students Before and During COVID-19: Housing, work, study, and wellbeing Despite the vital contribution international students make to the Australian economy and our cities and regions, almost all of these students have to make their own way in one of the world’s most unaffordable housing markets (Pawson et al. 2020). The Report, drawingContinue reading “Project Report”

Why coronavirus impacts are devastating for international students in private rental housing

April 7, 2020 – The Conversation About half of international students in Australia are private renters and more than half of them rely on paid work to pay the rent, but most of the casual jobs they depend on have been lost in the coronavirus pandemic. The results of our recent survey (conducted pre-COVID-19) of international studentsContinue reading “Why coronavirus impacts are devastating for international students in private rental housing”