Feb 14, 2014

Arriba! Why are we a trendy destination for Latin American students?

Think you're hearing more Spanish on George Street? You're not imagining things -- the number of Latin American students studying in Australia is soaring. Crikey intern Isabel Filgueiras looks at why.

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The Latin American cultural presence in Australia goes beyond Zumba classes and fancy tacos. It’s no wonder we hear more Spanish and Portuguese in the streets: the proportion of Latin American students in Australia has been steadily growing in the last seven years.

The number of student visas issued to Latin American citizens rose 34% between 2006-07 and 2012-13. Chileans, Brazilians, Venezuelans, Peruvians, Ecuadorians, Mexicans and Colombians hold 8.1% of all student visas granted in 2012-13, up from 6% seven years ago, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection reports. Although Asian students still comprise the vast majority of student visa holders (19.9% from China alone), the proportion of Latin Americans has been growing every year.

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3 thoughts on “Arriba! Why are we a trendy destination for Latin American students?

  1. paddy

    What a downright fascinating article.
    I’m actually much better informed after reading it.
    Thanks Isabel.

  2. Dawson Colin

    Here is an industry with unlimited potential for high-value, prestige employment and export earnings. You’d think the Federal Government would be falling over itself to increase funding. Instead, tertiary education gets gutted in every budget, apparently to fund more middle-class welfare, and better ways to dig holes in the ground.

  3. Jill Baird

    “Science without boarders” sounds a bit of a problem. how are they going to live if they can’t board?

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