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International student arrivals - Australia - April 2020
The outbreak of COVID-19 which started in China in December 2019, has continued to disrupt the movement of international students this month, due to the introduction of travel restrictions from February 2020. In 2019, China was the largest source country nationally. Educational exports are an important contributor to the Australian economy.
Of all arrivals to Australia travelling on an international student visa in April 2020, there were nearly 30, which was a decrease of 44,470 students, compared to the same month in the previous year. This was close to a 100% decrease, as clearly seen in graph 12.1 below.
12.1 All visitor arrivals(a), Aust. - International Students(b) - Original estimates
(a) Includes short-term (less than 1 year) and long-term (1 year or more) visitor arrivals.
(b) Anyone travelling on an international student visa whether it be for a short-term or long-term movement. This is not the same as when a traveller self reports 'education' as their main reason for journey, as shown in Table 6 for short-term visitor arrivals under the Download Tab.
(c) English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students.
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