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From the AFR Australian Financial Review:  Christopher Pyne jumps on the international education bandwagon. Education observed As resource exports fall, the federal government is getting right behind the strongly growing international student business. It is any wonder that Education Minister Christopher Pyne is very keen to put some focus on Australia's education exports? At a time when resource exports are falling, the standout performer among Australia's top export industries is education, worth $17.5 billion a year. To be sure, it's not at the level of coal at about $40 billion, or the top performer iron ore at over $70 billion, but education is the third-largest export, bigger than any other commodity or manufactured export, and ahead of tourism (worth $14.5 billion a year) as a service export.


It also has the virtue of being in a strong growth phase, still lifting strongly after the slump (driven by the high dollar and safety concerns) that set in, in 2010.


Article from THES The Times Higher Education Supplement about issues of net overseas migration, immigration, population and visas for international education.  International Education UK and Net Migration Change. 'Consensus on net migration change, says MP.  Labour’s Paul Blomfield believes change could happen even if Tories lead government after general election.  Students could be removed from the net migration target shortly after the general election even if a Tory-led government is elected, a leading parliamentarian has suggested.  Paul Blomfield, Labour MP for Sheffield Central and chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Migration, believes that there is now a consensus among MPs that students should be excluded from official migration figures.

The Home Office has repeatedly resisted calls to change the policy, which many believe has led to increased red tape, tighter restrictions on student visas, and the end of post-study visas in an effort to limit overseas recruitment.


Ministers have been reluctant to review the policy – which Universities UK opposes – saying they would have been accused of “fiddling the figures” on the Conservative Party manifesto pledge to reduce annual net migration to below 100,000 by 2015.'


Excerpt from Deutsche Welle on the politics of immigration policy in Germany, Europe and the world.  ’German politicians at odds over how to regulate immigration.  Politicians in Germany, a top destination for immigrants, are grappling with how best to channel the surge. A points-system like that in Canada might be the answer, some argue.' Germany's attitude toward migration, and how the country will manage the surge of immigrants who want to live and work in Europe's economic powerhouse: those are issues at the top of the agenda in German politics.  With an eye on the demographic development, many say Germany needs and depends on skilled migrants.


From University World News: ‘Parochial thinking in a global student business’. Brian Stoddart:  ‘Over the past two decades or so, one of the most startling but often unnoticed business developments in several economies has been the rise of international and transnational education.  During that period, for example, the activity has become Australia’s largest service industry and ranks consistently in the top four export industries along with mining, tourism and agriculture. General estimates put the business at around A$18 billion (US$15.4 billion) per year.

An integrated approach?  Given the obvious impact on the economy, it might be imagined that governments around the world would be alive to the need for an integrated approach to the development of this growing market and to the need to make life easy for prospective students….

An opportunity?  In one sense, that points to a major dilemma for many governments. Put crudely, do they approach international student recruitment as a temporary cash flow opportunity, or see it as a genuine opportunity to build national capacity? …


Rapidly growing international demand and a desire to meet that demand is one thing. Balancing all the internal considerations and demands in order to deliver seamless services to incoming students is quite another.  Any government that gets it right will be onto a real winner.’


Report marks Australia’s shift from settler to temporary migrant nation. Immigration is a political hot potato. On the day the OECD published its latest annual survey of global migration, Swiss voters rejected a referendum to reduce annual migration numbers. A few days earlier, yet another UN committee criticised Australia’s asylum seeker policies. Meanwhile, British Prime Minister David Cameron announced plans to reduce annual immigration from 260,000 to below 100,000 per year in response to the UK Independence Party (UKIP) securing its second parliamentary seat. And on November 20, US President Barack Obama announced his intention to permit millions of resident undocumented migrants’ access to permanent residence.


Aging Europe needs the migrants it doesn’t want. Europe is aging faster than any other region of the world. It badly needs immigrants. But many Europeans don't want them.  The “old continent” may be able to offset the impact of a graying workforce until around 2020 by bringing more women and elderly people into work, encouraging mobility within Europe and making better use of existing migrants, EU and Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) experts say.

But in the medium to long term, the European Union will need to attract significant numbers of skilled workers from beyond its borders -- and overcome growing public opposition highlighted by the rise of populist anti-immigration parties. “If you close the door [to immigration], you will pay an economic price,” says Jean-Christophe Dumont, an expert on migration at the OECD, a Paris-based intergovernmental think-tank. “For now, we can make better use of migrants who are already here, matching their skills better to labor market needs. In the longer term, it will not only be about matching skills, it will also be about numbers,” he said.

Going by current trends, Europe's industrial powerhouse Germany, along with Spain and Poland, will see its population shrink from now on, slowing potential economic growth. Germany's 82 million residents will dwindle to 74.7 million by 2050 and their average age will rise to nearly 50, assuming unchanged levels of migration, according to EU statistics agency Eurostat. Some projections are even more dire, putting the German population as low as 65 million by 2060.


Pyne orders report on university cheating.  EDUCATION Minister Christo­pher Pyne has written to the head of the agency that oversees higher education standards expressing his “utmost concern” about recent media coverage of systemic plagiarism by international students in Australian universities..... Higher education is a multi-­billion-dollar export industry for Australia, the third largest after iron ore and coal exports.  International students have ­become an important source of funding in the wake of increasing student numbers since domestic places were uncapped by the previous Labor government, with per- capita funding not keeping pace....

... Many academics feel that international students with inadequate written and sometimes even verbal English language skills are being allowed entry into courses simply because they pay two to three times the fees.  Has this led university administrators to turn a blind eye to ­misconduct by international students? Does the importance of international students to the via­bility of courses mean teaching ­academics turn a blind eye to such practices, to preserve their teaching areas? Is the evidence of ­systematic cheating by some international students uncovered recently a consequences of all this?


What’s in and out as our population booms. KNEE replacements and other health services are in, but “the kid business” is out amid big population changes to sweep across Australia over the next decade.  KPMG demographer Bernard Salt says Australia will have an extra four million people by 2023, ranking us among the world’s fastest-growing countries and driving a more positive outlook for the nation than many people believe. “In many ways we undersell ourselves,” Mr Salt told the Financial Planning Association professionals congress in Adelaide.

He said high population growth would continue for another generation, and in economic terms Australians were the second-richest people in the world, after Norway. “No other place on the planet, not even the US, controls the resources of an entire continent. “We have doubled our level of overseas immigration in the last decade from 120,000 to 240,000 people. We’re adding 400,000 people per year through migration and natural growth.”


Human Population Growth and Environment Research.  From The Conversation Australia articles and comments about recent population growth and human reduction research: ‘How family planning could be part of the answer to climate change’ and ‘No quick fix for overpopulation’.  One should be very cautious about supposed positive correlations between (over) population and climate degradation, i.e. based upon headline data, which may be subjective or affected by deep seated attitudes and beliefs, while being conflated with domestic 'immigration', 'societal identity or values', 'nationalism', 'life boat ethics', 'carrying capacity', 'youth unemployment', 'fertility rates', etc..  According to Deutsche Bank, Rosling, Goldin et al the only significant population growth by mid-century will be sub Saharan Africa, which is expected to be a source of immigrants and workers, and may well follow demographics elsewhere, i.e. improved education, health and economic well-being, leading to lower fertility rates.  


Study shows 55% of Hungarian respondents want to live abroad. Some 55 percent of Hungarians surveyed by recruitment agency said they would like to live abroad but only 21 percent said they were actively seeking employment outside Hungary. was the Hungarian partner in a global survey dubbed Decoding Global Talent prepared by Boston Consulting Group and The Network by interviewing 200,000 people. The Hungarian survey has involved 5,144 respondents and it was non-representative......The top choices for Hungarians who wish to work abroad are London, where nearly a quarter of the respondents would like to live, followed by Munich and Berlin. The top ten also included New York in fifth place and Sydney Australia in tenth.


Employment Immigration Issues for International Students in Australia.  From Campus Daily News Australia on difficulties faced by international student graduate work rights and immigration - ‘Education in the school of hard knocks:  International students want to work in Australia after graduation and many hope to immigrate, but as the report of a study from Deakin and UTS academics demonstrates, both options are not easily achieved. The report is based on a longitudinal survey of nursing, engineering and accounting students who studied at unnamed universities plus interviews with university staff and employers. And it should be read at any university where growth in international business is assumed.... It raises (but does not endorse) three areas where universities could improve their international graduates’ chances, embedding English language teaching in courses, teaching the so-called ‘soft skills’, teamwork, interpersonal communications and the like and helping them prepare for job hunting.’


Australia can profit from international education. TRADE Minister Andrew Robb has invoked the economic miracle that is posed by Asia’s burgeoning middle classes as an unlimited opportunity for Australia’s education system, during a speech in Korea. Speaking at a massive Australian education exhibition in Seoul on the weekend, Mr Robb said Asia’s middle class would grow from its current figure of 600 million to an “almost incomprehensible” three billion.

While there will be a very quick and rapid growth in the standard and quality of institutions in those countries, their people will also have the ability to send their children to our educational institutions,” he told exhibitors as the Austrade-organised event. “This is not just an economic phenomenon, it is a humanitarian phenomenon — to take billions of people out of poverty and see them enjoy the much better quality of life that we enjoy,” he said. “Our primary responsibility is for Australia. But we can also help the process that is going on across the region. In my view this is a once in a millennia phenomenon.”


Articles and reports about the theme of Immigration and NOM Net Migration and impact in the UK from The FT:


'Immigration helps wages and employment, study finds.  Immigration leads to higher pay for native workers, while emigration causes lower wages for those left behind, according to a new study of migration in rich countries....


Cooper to scrap net migration measurement.  The UK Labour party has admitted for the first time that it will scrap the Conservatives’ target to reduce net migration below 100,000 if it wins next year’s general election, in a move that risks alienating Britons concerned about increasing flows of migrants to the UK…


Skilled migrant cap has damaging effect on UK recovery, says Cable.  Vince Cable, the Liberal Democrat business secretary, has called on his Conservative coalition colleagues to scrap their cap on skilled worker visas, after it emerged that business demand is on track to exceed the 20,700 a year limit for the first time since it was introduced three years ago...'


From The Guardian DataBlog:  Crowdsourcing youth migration from southern Europe to the UK. Fuelled by a deep recession in southern Europe, tens of thousands of young people have left Italy, Spain, Portugal and Greece since 2008. Precise figures are hard to pin down though - a new project aims to use crowdsourcing to shed some light on the actual size of the phenomenon. The freedom of movement in Europe introduced by the Schengen agreements in 1985 has seen the circulation of European citizens skyrocket. Low cost flight companies, the Erasmus exchange programme and technologies such as Skype have deeply influenced Europeans’ behaviour, expanded travel horizons and incentivised a blending of European cultures...

Why Generation E?

E stands for Expat, Erasmus, Exilium, Exodus, Escape as well as a well-known low-cost airline. And for Europe, of course. As the journalists start from the – slightly romantic – assumption that young European migrants are actively contributing to the foundations of the future European social fabric. This project aims to be the first pan-European data driven investigation on the issue of young migrants. It is an attempt to add insight and value to existing datasets, and to highlight the lack of official pan-European studies.


News report from Plant Canada about apprentices and vocational education trades training in Germany.  German apprentices are becoming harder to find.  Problem caused by the strong economy and low birth rate.  BERLIN — A growing number of entrepreneurs in Germany are resorting to drastic measures such as doubling salaries because each year fewer young people sign up for apprenticeships, typically three-year programs for 16-year-olds who want to learn a trade rather than go on to higher education.


Population projections Don’t panic A UN study sparks fears of a population explosion. The alarm is misplaced. “BOOM! Earth’s population could hit 12 billion by 2100”. That was the headline on which greeted research by Patrick Gerland and others of the United Nations’ population division looking at the UN’s population projections to 2100. Britain’s Guardian newspaper said the study, published recently in the journal Science, “overturns 20 years of consensus on peak projection of 9 billion and gradual decline.” Climate News Network, a non-governmental organisation that tracks and summarises environmental articles, reckoned the study “has profound and alarming implications for political stability, food security and, of course, climate change.”

But hang on a second. The UN’s population division is the outfit that much of the world relies on for basic demographic information. If it had changed its forecasts and overturned 20 years of consensus, that would be a very big deal indeed. So has it? The answer is no.


Benefits of International Education to Host Nations.  Politics of International Education and International Students. International education in the Anglo world has been under concerted attack by organised anti-immigration and low population growth proponents, media and politicians.  However, are people outside of international education being informed of the benefits of hosting international students and why they are important both socially and economically?  In the UK Population Matters, and in Australia, Sustainable Population Australia and their ‘researchers’, all informed by nativist philosophy from the USA via the John Tanton network, have had an ongoing campaign informing media and leveraging politicians, negatively.  This negative campaigning uses perceived (negative) proxy issues such as national identity, population growth, immigration, refugees, international students, benefits fraud, visa fraud, etc..  The fulcrum of this campaign is the presentation of population data such as NOM Net Overseas Migration (mostly temps but suggests they are all ‘immigrants’ i.e. permanent), and making correlations without evidence that blames ‘foreigners’ for any perceived negative.

NOM is now driving much policy but if governments implement negative polices for student visas etc., the NOM will drop at the expense of international education and non EU students, with flow on effects.  These negative effects could include country brand, soft diplomacy, tourism (visiting family and friends), losing out to competition, income shortfalls for institutions, closures and job losses.  Accordingly onshore recruitment may suit governments’ immigration policy, and population data, i.e. lower the NOM, but could be viewed as ‘cutting one’s nose to spite their face’?  Such policies may be interpreted as keeping non EU students out, or in Australia’s case ‘offshore’ students, while giving advantage to first world e.g. European students, who do not require or can enter on other visa types.  Marketing wise, this could lead to less diversification and to consolidation of existing source markets, while ignoring others?


Drink Beer, Shoot Fireworks Out Your Bum: John Oliver's Uni Debt Warning.  If you believe in the power of learning, then the Abbott Government's higher education reforms don't make a lot of sense. But then, they're actually designed to make a lot of cents. Max Chalmers explains.  “Let me speak right now to all current freshmen in college who have student loans. You need to stop watching this show right now, you don’t have time for this,” John Oliver cautioned his audience during a recent show..... The same thing is happening in Australia now. At the same time as Pyne moves to open millions of dollars to private for-profit providers, he is trying to weaken TEQSA, the body that regulates the industry.  While forcing students to take on debts at a higher rate of repayment, Pyne is also trying to cut the base level of funding the Commonwealth provides for each student by 20 per cent. As Oliver points out, these incremental cuts to state assistance are the other major factor causing the debt of US students to balloon.  We don’t know exactly how our education system will look on the other side of Pyne’s reforms, should he find a way to sneak them through the Senate.  What we can say with confidence is that they’re taking us closer to a model that has critical flaws, one in which, to quote Oliver one final time, “our leaders have decided that while education is incredibly important it is not important enough to pay for”.


International Education and Anti-Immigration White Nativism.  Nowadays all foreigners, students, workers etc. are deemed to be a ‘problem’ in not just the Anglo world, but now Europe, thus impacting EU and related mobility, international education, student visas, immigration and human development, mostly through distortion and skewing headline data.


Hard Evidence: are migrants good for the economy? Two studies about the impact of migration on the UK economy have been published which – if media reports are to believed – appear to contradict one another. A closer reading of these reports, however, shows that in fact they come to very similar economic conclusions. Even so, from reading them it is possible to suggest very different approaches to migration policy.

One study by Professor Robert Rowthorn led to headlines such as: “Further proof of damage created by immigration” and: “How mass migration hurts us all” (based on non peer reviewed 'research')

The second study is a paper published by Lisenkova and others in the latest issue of the National Institute Economic Review which led to headlines such as: “Reducing immigration would slow UK economy and lead to tax rises” and: “Cameron’s migration cap would leave Brits poorer and taxes higher” (based on peer reviewed research)


Dick Smith on Sustainable Population.  Dick Smith challenges 'faith' in benefits of population and economic growth.  Dick Smith has warned against unchecked population growth but says Australia's politicians are not “game” enough to talk about the issue.  In an address to the National Press Club on Wednesday, the businessman said endless population and economic growth was like a “religious faith” for graduates of university degrees in economics and questioning whether these two things were beneficial for Australians was something of a taboo in public discussion.


BBC Documentary The truth about immigration presented by Nick Robinson shows some aspects of the immigration debate, but does not explain much..... ignores the numbers of UK emigrants and those living in Europe i.e. 2.2 million officially (double that number to include those informally resident?), and fails to create context about population growth and NOM i.e. international population growth rates have stabilised and natural populations are ageing and declining.....


Map showing how many British live in the EU European Union legally


Australia loses international students at its own peril. 2009 was the best of times and the worst of times for the export education industry. This was the year that recorded an unprecedented 631,935 international students in Australia - a growth of 16.8% from the previous year. But this bubble soon burst due to the high Australian dollar, highly publicised attacks on Indian students and increased competition from other countries.


International students and local Australians speak out against “Overseas students go home” event.  THE international student community has responded to a meeting organised by the Australia First Party that aims to put an end to the Federal Government’s Overseas Student Program. Darren Boon reports.  A public meeting organised by the Australia First Party (AFP) rallying Australian students and families to voice their opposition against the Government’s Overseas Student Program (OSP) has sparked an outcry amongst the international student community.


Far right snuggles up to depopulationists.  Today is World Population Day. It's a special day for Australia's depopulationists who are quietly infiltrating environmental and community groups, initiating fear campaigns and spreading an anti-migrant message. According to them, every person is a consumer and therefore a parasite on the earth.


International Education and Immigration Population Politics.   ‘Take students out of immigration target, say prospective Tory . Eight out of 10 prospective Tory MPs.  MPs think the government should not target international students in the drive to reduce net migration…..


Australian International Education and Net Overseas Migration.  From Bernard lane in The Australian HigherEd: ‘Students figure large in forecasts for net migration.  OVERSEAS student arrivals will increase and departures fall away as a result of work incentives and other visa changes, the immigration department predicts.


No Immigration Cure for Ageing Population and Workforce?  Recent article from Katharine Betts Adjunct Associate Professor of Sociology at Swinburne University of Technology. This article is based on her recent paper ‘The ageing of the Australian population: triumph or disaster?’  Betts, Birrell et al are at least consistent, without knowing what objective conclusions their data or research about immigration, population or society could conclude, one is safe in the knowledge that it will be either directly or indirectly negative about non Europeans……


International Education Under Threat.  University World News UK article from Simon Marginson whom is professor of international higher education in the Institute of Education at the University of London in the UK.   ‘Internationalisation under threat from anti-immigration populism…. the UK has systematically turned the drawing power of its education sector into a commercial business that generates nearly GBP20 billion (US$33.8 billion) a year in fees and other spending by students and families.


Slowing population growth and impact upon economy.  The Huffington Post by Mark Gongloff: The One Chart That Explains Our Grim Economic Future.  If you're looking for somebody to blame for rising inequality, blame babies. Or, rather, the fact that there soon won't be enough of them.  A drop-off in population growth is a big reason why global economic growth is going to slow down in the decades ahead….


World population growth rate trend

Huffington Post World Population Growth Trends.


Population Growth Immigration in Australian Media.  Recent articles or negative propaganda about population and immigration in Australia from both Alan Kohler at the Business Spectator and MacroBusiness using ‘research’ from Monash University’s Centre for Population and Urban Research, unfortunately neither seem to understand definitions nor data.


International Student Visas in UK. Blog from Daniel Stevens of the UK NUS National Union of Students on International Students: 

'Why sensationalist journalism lets down international students.  On Monday, BBC Panorama aired a segment exposing “student visa system fraud.” The footage showed students being given test answers to English language exams and having “fake sitters” take oral computer-administered exams. It then showed as agents provided students with fraudulent documents.  Now, Panorama should be commended for exposing wrongdoing and this type of activity should be rightfully condemned and rooted out. However, without context or balance, such coverage can tar the image of every single international student in the UK with its sensationalism and dramatics.


Population Environment Politics in Australia. ‘Population is not the problem. It is the footprint of Australians, not their number that is the problem.  “POPULATION GROWTH is the most important issue we face. If you can’t get your head around that your words are empty and meaningless!”  Surely I am not the only one who has been harangued by these words. They usually come at the end of a public lecture from an older wealthy white man who has been waiting with increasing agitation for his opportunity to talk. It is usually also followed by some call to implement punitive measures for “the breeders”.


Immigration Reform in America 2014. 'Obama to prioritise immigration reform in 2014.  President Barack Obama reiterated his intention to fix the US’s “broken immigration system” in his State of the Union address to Congress yesterday.’  And 'Elite migrant workers must be welcomed, not attacked.  Skilled migrants boost their host cities by inspiring economic activity and job creation. 


Population Growth Immigration Australia.  More misinformation, ambiguity and dog whistling from the anti immigration and population growth lobby’s chief megaphone, advocate and researcher Dr. Bob Birrell of Monash university who like many does not clarify definitions regarding population growth and immigration.


International Education News Australia Russia January 2014 about visa applications for study in Australia, online vocational by Open Universities Australia and scholarships for Russian Student to study abroad.


‘Is Australia in danger of becoming ‘Asian white trash’? Australia’s International Image in Asia.  There is a tremendous opportunity for Australia to establish itself as a ‘hinge nation’ for the future economic power bases in East and South Asian societies. Unfortunately, Australia has an image problem … and it’s doing us no favours, writes Andrew Macleod.


UK Immigration EU European Union Mobility Bulgaria Romania.  While British politicians and (most) media are preoccupied by 'issue' of immigration and population growth, there is one common strand whether that be in UK, Australia or USA, John Tanton, who is linked with Population Matters UK.  


Latest blog about Australian, British and EU immigration in the media, with the associated cultural biases:

  • Australia’s Federal Parliaments still reflect a White Australia. The make-up of Australia’s Parliament demonstrates that it ‒ like the rest of Australian society ‒ is still dominated by males of Anglo-Celtic-Saxon origin, writes Gerry Georgatos.
  • Testing (all) skilled migrants’ English: ridiculous and insulting. Assistant Professor Jeroen van der Heijden was compelled to take an English language test this morning by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection as part of his visa requirements — he wonders why it was required.
  • Cap numbers of immigrants from European Union, says Theresa May. Home Secretary will suggest new measures to limit movement within the EU, amid concern over Romanian and Bulgarian immigration.
  • 'Here’s what Theresa May doesn’t want you to see. A controversial government review into European migration has encountered something of an obstacle, in the form of home secretary Theresa May.


For details see White Australia Anglo Celtic Saxon Nativism UK Immigration Policy.


SEEK Selling IDP IELTS Stake?  'IDP says 'no drama' in SEEK uncertainty.  INTERNATIONAL student recruiter IDP has played down the impact of online jobs giant SEEK potentially selling out of the business as part of plans to float on the share market next year.


Statistical Analysis vs Ignorance on Population Growth.  Refreshingly positive, clear thinking and statistical analysis about world population growth from Professor Hans Rosling:  ‘Hans Rosling: How much do you know about the world?  Almost unnoticed, we have actually begun to conquer the problems of rapid population growth and extreme poverty.


Australian Media Misleading on Immigration Population Growth.  The mere mention of population and immigration in Australia brings emotional and sometimes hysterical alarm, because it’s true, or how data is presented?  Australian media outlets, especially of the centre, see immigration and population growth in mostly negative terms, but only through some sloppy data analysis.


TAFE Technical and Further Education Directors Australia TDA on SVP Streamlined Visa Processing. ‘Inconsistent approach to streamlined visa processing – TDA Board Communique: The TDA Board meeting in Perth has issued a Communiqué seeking intervention from the Australian government on international education....'


From The Australian Higher Ed:  “Good colleges denied fast visas.  IN a process straight from the pages of Joseph Heller’s Catch-22, colleges have been judged low-risk in their dealings with international students so long as they haven’t enrolled enough international students to build up a track record of risk.


Turkey's prep schools map out legal plan to fight possible ban.   Representatives of Turkey's preparatory schools, specialized education centers that help prepare their students to pass the high school and university entrance examinations, have agreed on a legal plan to fight the possible adoption of legislation that would ban them.


The rise of the “foreign student entrepreneur migrant” (FSEM).  As the global recession rumbles on, the need for highly skilled entrepreneurs – domestic or foreign – who can drive growth has never been clearer. Not surprisingly, then, some of the world’s biggest (or aspiring) economies are increasingly recognising a new kind of migrant – the settling “foreign student entrepreneur migrant”, or FSEM.


Social Media: a Marketing Tool for International Education.  International educators have a client base spread across the entire globe – a globe getting smaller thanks to social media: a marketing tool that is largely free to use. 


Australian International Education Changes with New Government. The Australian Government has flagged changes to make the nation more attractive to international students.


Changes to the UK’s immigration and international student visa rules took effect on 1 October, with the most notable for international students who are still erroneously described as immigrants.


World Population Growth or Decline? Demographers are suggesting there may be a ‘supply shock’ hitting the world’s population.


Australia Benefits from Immigration.  From Business Insider: Here’s A Huge Potential Benefit To Australia’s Economy From Migrants That No-One Talks About……But the section on immigration underlines how critical migration settings are to future growth, the continuing improvement of living standards, and the government’s ability to invest in education, health and infrastructure….


Video on Nationalism Immigration Patriotism. From libertarian comedian Doug Stanhope who explains the illogical nature of nationalism and complaints about immigration.


International Education in Immigration Population Politics.  Does Australia want international students?  Most working in or with international education, plus international students, see the sector as a great success, but why not Australians in general?

If one takes notice of news reports and reader comments from mainstream Australian media  related to international education, “foreign students”, student visas, work rights, immigration outcomes and population, they are overwhelmingly negative.


Stable Sustainable Population Australia in PoliticsStable Population Cuckoos Invade Australia. George Orwell’s great novel 1984 starts with the line, “It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.” Even time had been coopted by the state. Now the green shoots of Orwell’s totalitarian future are emerging in Australia.

The Stable Population Party (SPP) is the bastard child of Big Brother’s persuasive social engineering methods. It has been succored by the Optimum Population Trust (now called Population Matters UK) and had, through one of its Senate candidates, links to right wing anti-immigration figures such as John Tanton and the Social Contract Press in the US.


International Student Education Immigration News.  United Kingdom Foreign students feel ‘unwelcome’ over migrationpolicy.  Universities are relegating overseas students to “de facto ghettos”, leaving one in five feeling “isolated” and alone, a survey has revealed, writes Lucy Sherriff for The Huffington Post UK.

The research found international students are often highly segregated, with 40% spending most of their time with students from their own country. Many feel their universities treat them as cash cows, with almost a third agreeing with the statement: “my university is only interested in the fees I pay”. (Huffington Post).”


International Education Student Immigration Population.  From the Times Higher Education Supplement:

Cable criticises any gloating over immigration figures. Vince Cable has said any sense of “triumph” over new figures showing a decline in student immigration is “absurd”, as he issued a strong defence of international student movement…

the business secretary also suggested that in order to tackle the ongoing tension between the government’s targets to lower net migration and the important overseas student market, “we need to find a cleverer way to present the data”…

.His comments seemed to support the higher education’s long-running lobbying campaign to get international students removed from the net migration figures, which the government has pledged to cut from the “hundreds of thousands to the tens of thousands”.

Speaking today, Mr Cable said international students were “good for the country, good for universities” but that “one of the problems we have stems from a statistical anomaly in that the United Nations, in its wisdom, has classified overseas students as immigrants, which they are not”.


Australia Immigration News 2013.  Poisonous Population Politics. For the past several years prospective immigrants, 457 temporary work visas holders and international students have been targetted in Australia’s “poisonous population politics” conducted in the mainstream media and politics.

In Australia, always prone to xenophobia like Britain is now via UKIP, the debate has revolved round immigration and supposed “runaway population growth”, with demands for the Net Overseas Migration NOM to be lowered, to slow or stop population growth.