Scale back skilled migration numbers: Oz oppn

Australia`s oppn party seeks crackdown on massive explosion of intl students.

Last Updated: Jul 11, 2010, 10:17 AM IST

Melbourne: In what could have an impact on Indians pursuing education in Australia, opposition Liberal party on Sunday demanded a crackdown on "massive explosion" of overseas students seeking residency and said it wanted to scale back "skilled migration numbers" under a strategy to contain population growth.

Without nominating skills that would be targeted, the opposition party`s immigration spokesman Scott Morrison referred to the "massive explosion" in overseas student numbers, AAP reported.

"The area where it (population) has blown out largely has been in the student programme... (with) all sorts of rorts and abuses," he was quoted as telling `Network Ten`.

"The government hasn`t actually said ... what is going to be done with this massive pipeline of students who are now in the system."

The issue would be looked at by the Productivity Commission, under the opposition`s population strategy, he said.

Over one lakh Indian students are among a large number of foreigners studying in Australia. Though a series of attacks on the Indians in the last one year had led to a slump in their numbers, the situation had improved in recent weeks, with encouraging student enrolment figures.

The federal opposition`s demand for a crackdown on overseas student numbers is expected to affect Indian students seeking residency in Australia.

PTI