Australia is rapidly approaching the milestone of hosting one million international students, and while adjustments in migration policies may impede the pace of this expansion, they are unlikely to bring it to a complete halt.

The Australian government, responding to a surge in international students after the easing of COVID-related border closures, is aiming to curb their growth through a new migration policy unveiled on Monday. With the current and former international student population in Australia nearing one million at 860,000, the government plans to achieve this through tightened visa regulations, enhanced integrity measures, and heightened entry requirements, primarily targeting the vocational education and training sector and post-course residents. Despite these reforms, the overall number of international students is expected to remain stable, ensuring a more sustainable trajectory of growth. Meanwhile, universities, heavily dependent on international student income, are anticipated to experience relatively lesser impact.

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