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Inflow of foreign students contributes towards record growth in Australian population

Reversing the ageing of population in Australia, the inflow of international students has positively contributed towards record population growth in the country, according to data from Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). As per their statistics, the number of international students flocking to the country is increasing, showing an eight percent rise compared to last year. The first two months of this year itself witnessed a 12 percent rise in new overseas enrollments in Australia compared to last year, exceeding 500000 in these two months. Most students have chosen eastern cities of Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane as their study destinations.

Australia’s population has witnessed an overall growth of 1.6 per cent. About 54 percent of this increase was contributed by net overseas migration to capital cities. Foreign students comprise around 43 per cent of net overseas migration to Sydney and Melbourne. For the first time, Sydney has welcomed more than 100,000 new residents in a single year. In Melbourne, the population increase is by just over 125,000. In both cases, net overseas migration was the key contributor, accounting for 64 per cent of the population rise in Melbourne and 83 per cent in Sydney.

International education often makes the way for permanent residence and then citizenship for international students. This rise in young population help Australia resist the population decline, which is being faced by countries such as Japan. The international students are also adding to the multicultural profile of the country.

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