International students boost youth unemployment in Australia, report finds

November 26, 2012

Efforts by the Australian government to make studying in Australia more attractive to international students seem to have increased unemployment rates among the country's youth, according to a new study from Melbourne's Monash University. The study states tens of thousands of international students are successfully applying to various visas at the end of their studies so they can stay and work in Australia, in the hope of obtaining permanent residency. But the rapidly increasing number of temporary migrants, including students, tourists, and working holidaymakers, is causing rising unemployment among young Australians. "Inevitably, domestic job aspirants are being crowded out, particularly young people seeking to enter the workforce," the report's authors state. The study argues that Australia's intake of migrants is too high and that several of the major visa subclasses international students use to remain in the country need to be culled. University World News | Report