Australia’s plans to make it tougher to gain work visas or claim citizenship in the country have led to angry reactions from universities and refugee campaign groups. Australian universities say plans to axe the 457 visa for skilled migrants could prevent them from recruiting post-doctoral research fellows and lecturers from abroad. And a new diktat that citizenship will only be granted to those with an Ielts level 6 or higher could unfairly impact people with refugee backgrounds, campaigners say.
Ireland saw an 11 per cent rise in the number of international English language students in 2016, figures show. This is ‘hugely significant’ as it comes on the back of strong growth in 2015, said David O’Grady, chief executive of language school association Marketing English in Ireland (MEI).