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Foreign student crisis spurs Australian states to reopen doors

Schools in study-abroad hub lose jobs and vital tuition revenue amid lockdown

New South Wales, home to the University of Sydney, would bring in up to 250 international students every two weeks under a recently announced pilot program. (Photo by Fumi Matsumoto)

SYDNEY -- As Australia's ongoing border clampdown keeps out the international students on which many of the country's universities rely for income, state governments have begun taking action on their own.

The sector suffered a 1.8 billion Australian dollar ($1.4 billion) hit to revenue last year and lost 17,000 jobs, according to an estimate by Universities Australia, a group of 39 institutions. The organization said last month that it "conservatively estimates at least another $2 billion will be lost this year against 2019 actual operating revenue."

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